On our first meeting we can explore if the relationship feels right for you and begin to build more of a picture of the support you want.You may be unclear about exactly what’s wrong or what you want from counselling, just a sense that things are not quite right. That is also OK, we can explore that together.
Before we begin I will outline how confidentiality works in the counselling relationship, how to contact each other if need be between sessions, the time notice required to cancel a session and any other considerations & questions you have. We can then explore exactly what support you need to make the changes you want.
This will include your expectations, changes you want to make or goals you would like to achieve. We can explore the style of support that would best fit and also give you an opportunity to decide if you think I am the right counsellor for you.
The relationship between us needs to feel so safe that you can allow yourself to be completely open with yourself and with me.
By listening openly and without judgement, sometimes gently challenging your views or presenting evidence of another perspective I can help you find your own answers to problems. It’s in the act of really being listened to and experiencing unconditional positive regard that we can start bringing down our barriers and allow ourselves to be vulnerable in a safe place. We can often begin to be kinder to ourselves and have greater self awareness whilst perhaps letting go of things that have held us back.