The first session is an important opportunity for us to meet and explore what you want from therapy. It is also a chance for you to ask questions. You may well want to meet with more than one counsellor or therapist before you decide who you are likely to work with best. This is an important choice and one that I honour.
The first session will give us a chance to get to know each other a little and to decide whether we will be able to work well with each other. Meeting for the first time does not involve either of us in a commitment to further sessions. During this session I will explain how I will work with you and you will have the opportunity to tell me about what is uppermost in your mind and why you are seeking support at this time. Towards the end of the session we will discuss whether to continue to work together or not. If the decision is not to work together, I will refer you on to another therapist if you wish. If we decide that we will work together, we will make a contract for the first 4-8 sessions after which we will have a review of our work. If you need a little time to think about it before you commit to further sessions, that will be fine, but we will set a date by which you will have let me know of your decision. Once we have decided to work together, I will ask you to sign an agreement with me which details costs, how we will work together and gives me contact details, the name of your GP and so on.