After you have contacted me to arrange our first session, I will send you directions of how to get to my practice and details of where we shall meet. On the day, I’ll meet you and take you to my room.
The first session is an introductory session where we can get to know each other a little, and it typically lasts between half an hour and an hour. During this session I explain a bit about how I work, including information about confidentiality and fees. I will ask you a few questions and you will have the opportunity to tell me about yourself, your current situation, a little about what has brought you to therapy and what you hope to get from therapy (Don’t worry if you feel that you won’t know what to say, I can ask questions if needed). Feel free to ask me questions at any time too. Together we can discuss your needs and how I can help you. There will also be a short form to fill in with details such as name and contact information. You don’t have to make a decision in this session about whether you would like to have further sessions, you can contact me when you have had time to think about it.
If you decide that you would like to carry on, we can discuss times for a regular session, and the type and expected duration of sessions (for example short term CBT or counselling, or longer term psychotherapy, body process work or perhaps a combination).
If it is a young person coming for therapy (under 16), the first session may include a parent, guardian or other appropriate adult, further sessions will usually be with just the young person (depending on age). Often the first session will involve conversations with the parent or guardian, the young person and myself for part of the session, and then for the rest of the session time will be spent with just myself and the young person chatting together.