Each session is 50 minutes long- I do keep some very basic notes about our session. These are kept under a number, and not your name, so that the session content is completely confidential and you can not be identified from the notes.
The sessions are weekly, at the agreed time, on the agreed day. This time is set aside for you and is a protected space. It is very important that you come to each session- Counselling works by building up a working relationship between us so that you feel safe and protected to talk about the issues that affect you.
Our first session will really be getting to know each other- it will include an assessment so I can ascertain how we can best work together. First sessions can create a lot of anxiety, but please do know that as a Counselling Psychologist in Training, I am there to try to make the first session as easy as possible, not to find blame.
It is really important that you feel you can trust your Therapist, so if for some reason, you do not feel you can work with me, then please let me know and I can recommend another colleague for you to work with. This is part of my professional standard and I will not be offended at all- just like in life we can’t like everyone, we can’t all like the same Therapist!
During sessions, we will cover various aspects of your life, from your past to your present and even working together to help develop your future. As I have said, I use many different techniques and some sessions it may appear that are just talking, whilst with other sessions we may use charts or scales and other sessions we may just draw and colour in- whatever you find useful to help with your therapy. There may even be ‘homework’, which can be an important part of our work, especially if we are working within a paradigm such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).
I am also available for online counselling Zoom. Please contact me for further details about this.