Our initial call aims to put you at ease and ensure you’re in the right place.
We will chat about how and when you would like appointment and whether I currently have spaces free. Don’t worry, if I don’t have an immedate appointment we can also discussion options for going on my waiting list and I’ll signpost you to some useful resources while you wait.
I’ll ask you to give me a very brief summary of what you would like to work on in therapy so that we can ensure you’re in the right place. If it looks like another type of therapy is better suited to your goals I will signpost you to some alterantives.
Our call also gives you the chance to ask me questions about me and how I work. I do my best to provide as much information as possilbe on my website, but I know that you may still have things you feel unsure about. I also know that sometimes chatting to someone is the best way to get a feel of whether we will click.
For therapy to be effective is recommended that sessions take place on a weekly basis to begin with. Over time, as your mood improves and you’re feeling more confident we may decide to reduce how often you have sessions.
However, everyone is different and I’m happy to make arrangements that suit your lifestyle needs. Some clients opt for sessions on a fortnightly basis. I would invite you to discuss how often you would like therapy in our initial consultation.
The first session will be an initial assessment where we will talk through your current difficulties and what you hope to acheive in therapy.
In each session, we will work together to agree what to cover. In most sessions, we will review how you have found the previous week, explore some specific examples of things you have tried out or times you have struggled and then we decide what would be best to try out between sessions.
CBT is an active therapy that uses homework; you will apply what you have learnt in therapy sessions to real-life situations.
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