Brisbane Christian Counsellor
First Counselling Session
Cousellors help their clients gain insight into their lives and help them to act (think and feel) in new ways that bring better results. Well done in booking an appointment with us.
Consent form and short Questionnaire
Prior to the beginning of our session we ask you to fill out a client information sheet you can download here: firstvisitformpdf and bring with you or scan and email to us
Tips from your Brisbane Christian counsellor on 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.
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 will do this too)
Be Open About your Feelings and Thoughts
It can be nerve wracking speaking to someone about personal things. It can also be embarrassing. I want to assure you that I am not here to judge you and you probably wouldn’t be able to shock me. I am a person who is growing thorough my own issues as well and need help at times just like you. “Talk therapy” really does help
Feel Free to ask Questions
Anything niggling you may be very easily resolved if we talk about it
Required in advance We thank you in advance for valuing our time as we do yours . In the event of cancellation please give us two weeks notice. Except for emergencies if the notice is not given, full payment may be required if the cancellation is done up to five days before . Half the fees will be requited if cancellation is done six to 13 days prior to your slot
Direct deposit into our bank account
PayPal and Bit coin , coming soon
We accept cheques only if received seven days prior to the appointment
Our preferred method of payment is via direct Internet transfer into our account We do ask for payment to be in our account no later then the day before you are due to arrive (we will send you an invoice with the bank details when you make the appointment.)
We will accept cash on the day by arrangement Or a cheque if received by us seven days before the appointment.
Duration and Structure of Sessions
The model and approach we use flows best when we have some extended time to “unpack’ and sort through to the root causes of issues.
So rather than book weekly sessions of an hour and half over a long period as is often practised.
We see best results when we counsel with larger blocks of time. This is also cost effective for you as the hourly rate decreases.
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.
If you can please download print and complete clientinfosheet.pdf and bring with you