Start close in,
the second step
or the third,
start with the first
you don't want to take.
Start Close In, David Whyte
What to Expect in Counselling.
Approaching a Counsellor can often be anxiety-provoking. My aim is to put you at ease and find out exactly what you hope to get from Counselling. I invite you to ask me questions so you get a clear idea on how I work and whether I am the right person for you to work with. To help with this I offer one free, 25 minute introductory consultation over the telephone. If you prefer to attend a longer initial consultation in person that is fine too, (usual session fee applies).
Once we have agreed to work together we will decide an initial number of sessions, which we will review during the course of our work together. I have experience working with clients in a brief, time limited way as well as in longer-term, open-ended therapy and I am equally comfortable with either approach. Most clients find it helpful to have weekly sessions initially, and perhaps reduce the frequency as they notice signs of improvement. During each session I will encourage you to share as much as you need to with me and together we will explore your emotions, thoughts and experience. I aim to work at a pace and depth that feels right to you, for as few or as many sessions as you like.
I believe Counselling is collaborative, a process of us working together. I will support you to explore whatever you need to in a non-judgmental and empathic manner. I will encourage you to express yourself openly and will support you to feel safe in doing this, and most importantly heard.
This can feel very different to talking to friends and family. To be able to speak freely can be healing in itself. Counselling does involve commitment from you, and at times, may feel challenging. I hope that through our relationship you will feel supported in this process.
“I am stronger for these sessions. Hopefully I shall cope better in the future. I shall always be grateful for your support and the caring and empathetic approach you showed towards me.”
“Counselling has given me a fresh outlook on life; it has given me the tools and strength to no longer live in the past but to use my experiences from the past to shape my future.”