The First Session - Taking The Plunge
Your first session can be a daunting prospect - you have never met me nor visited my office. This may be the first time you have had counselling and you don't know what to expect.....
Our first session begins with a small amount of paperwork which consists of a contract and an intake form.
The contract details what you can expect from me as well as what I need from you, it also states the cancellation policy and how to end your sessions. The intake form is a short form detailing any medication you are on as well as next of kin for use in an emergency. I do not request your GP details and any information you offer is for safety reasons only, for example if a client is diabetic It is helpful for me to know should they become ill during our session.
We then begin our session together. This is very much about getting to know one another, you can tell me as much or as little as you like about yourself and the issue that has brought you to counselling with no pressure to speak about things before you are ready.
Following our first meeting, you can decide whether you would like to continue and book more sessions, you do not have to decide immediately and are welcome to take some time to consider this.