What to expect
The therapy room
Whether or not you have experienced therapy/counselling before, taking the first steps to get professional support can be daunting. Often making the decision and picking up the phone can be the most uncertain and hardest part. I therefore think it can be helpful to give people an idea as to what they can expect, when they contact me.
I usually like to have a very brief chat on the phone to arrange a time to meet when we can talk in more depth. I recommend that you find a time when you have privacy to call. A lot of people find talking on the phone uncomfortable and as it can often be difficult to talk about what is troubling you I recommend you save the details of this for when we meet.
Please be aware that I hold our discussions in the strictest confidence right from the outset.
First meeting - consultation
When booking an initial consultation you get to meet me, see where I work from and discuss your situation further. Meeting potential therapists is important as having the right 'mix' between client and therapist is significant to a successful outcome in therapy.
I work from a therapy room which is tranquil, in natural surroundings and has good privacy. The purpose of the consultation is so I can gather information to get a picture of your life, what contributes to your issue and what outcomes you want from therapy. This meeting is not a therapy session and therefore doesn't offer therapeutic interventions, however, people do often leave feeling 'lighter' due to sharing in some depth about their difficulties.
Frequency and duration of therapy
Following the consultation you may decide to contract me as your therapist. Sometimes people only need a few sessions to get what they need, and others need longer, several weeks or months or even years. I work with a treatment plan focussing clearly on what it is you want to attend to and put regular reviews in place to consider where we are in relation to these aims. I always aim to support people through their difficulties as fast as is possible, whilst respecting the pace of each individual.
Therapy is most effective on a weekly basis, although fortnightly sessions are sometimes agreed to with Lifespan Integration (LI). Sessions are normally 60 minutes but if using LI, sessions can sometimes last up to one and a half hours.
I work from a therapy room in Borrowash that benefits from being in natural surroundings, is tranquil and has good privacy. For LI clients and supervisees from further afield I can work via Skype, however I request that we have at least one initial face to face meeting and is dependent on the quality of skype connection.
I hope this offers an idea of what to expect initially. If you have any further questions about the process please don’t hesitate to contact me (go to ‘contact’).
People whom have worked with me have reported that they are often unsure as to what to expect and the start, but that as time goes by they become more confident, feel safe and share things that they have found hard to do in the past. This has enabled them to feel freer and shifted blocks that have held them back in the past.