You can begin working with me following our first contact if you wish to – you may have been referred to me, or received a recommendation regarding my services from someone you trust.
At our first session together we will discuss what might be causing you distress, I can check what issues you would like to work on, and we will explore together what you would like to achieve from counselling. If you feel comfortable, and we establish that I am the most appropriate person for you to work with, then I usually suggest we meet weekly. We would review our work regularly to check you are getting what you want from counselling. Our work together might be short or long term, dependent on your needs and what is most useful.
When I work with children I may invite you into the first session with your child to enable me to carry out an assessment. This can take up to 50 minutes and will involve history taking, and an exploration of current issues.
Couple counselling sessions, also weekly, are for one hour. The initial session incorporating assessment is for 90 minutes.
Therapeutic coaching – we begin work at the first session which is 90 minutes, then hourly sessions from thereon – just 5 to 6 sessions are usually required as work is brief, intensive, and short term.