Picking up the phone or writing an opening email can feel very daunting especially if this is your first experience of counselling. Working with someone you feel relaxed and comfortable with is important if counselling is to be helpful, therefore I offer an initial "getting to know you" appointment which will enable you to decide if I'm the person you would like to work with or not.
In our first session together, you will be invited to discuss what it is you want from counselling, your hopes and expectations and any concerns you may have. I will answer any questions and explain a bit more about how I work. I offer face-to-face short-term, long term and open-ended counselling.
If you decide you would like me to be your counsellor our sessions would be an hour in length, and it’s recommended that they take place weekly so you can get support on a regular basis.
There are no hard and fast rules for the duration of counselling – some find they achieve what they want after a few sessions, others find a lengthier, deeper encounter is more appropriate. This is something we can discuss during our initial meeting and at regular points throughout – often the counselling process itself opens up our sense of what is required.