What to Expect
Typically in our first session I would spend time listening, establishing a rapport with you and seeking to understand the issue that has brought you here. I want you to feel as safe and comfortable as you can. I will ask you some questions to help you clarify the issues as you see them. After the first hour or two that we spend together I will make suggestions for best direction we think the therapy should take.
Consent Form And Short Questionnaire
It is a good idea if before you come that you can think about how you would describe in a concise sentence or two, what you would like to receive from the counselling and describe symptoms, history, incidence of the problem or issue. Some people find it helpful to write a few things down and practise reading out loud. This can be an insightful exercise in of itself
Please come rested, having eaten breakfast. it is ideal if you can take time the night before to journal or have some time out to reflect in preparation for the time we spend together (I do this too)
Be open about your feelings and thoughts
Feel free to ask questions
Anything niggling may be very easily resolved if we talk about it
Duration and structure of sessions
For best results and time efficiency for those travelling to see us , it is useful to book a week of sessions on consecutive days of that week. Client’s report giving time to comprehensively address issues is where they achieve considerable freedom and breakthrough, And may not ever even need to come back to counselling again. We give you tools and literature to take home with you to support you in maintaining the changes and progress you have made. In essence we aim to do ourselves out of a job as quickly as we can without taking shortcuts or applying superficial Band-Aid type ministry to deep issues.
Or you might see us for a couple of four hour sessions over several months.Some who live local and lack other support structures, or facing stressful situations also prefer fortnightly shorter sessions So to this end- counselling sessions are structured wit various options for you to select (If money is an issue for you you may be eligible for a payment plan) In cases of extreme financial hardship concession may be available.