We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that i know.
A Way of Being, Houghton Mifflin, 1980: 116
What to expect in the first session
In our first therapy session, I will typically go through the Counselling Information sheet, which will be sent to you via the email address that you provided, upon confirmation of the appointment. This will include discussing the confidentiality agreement, and it will give us a chance to discuss any questions you may have. I will then invite you to explore what has brought you to the therapy sessions and what you would like to work on.
I appreciate the first session can be daunting, especially if you have not had therapy before, so I find the first appointment is a good time for you to get a sense of the therapy that I offer and answer any questions you may have. We will discuss a following appointment booking at the end of the appointment if we feel we would be a good fit therapeutically.
What to expect with remote sessions
If we are working online this will be via Zoom. Before the appointment, you may need to download the Zoom app if you have not used it before. I will send the Zoom link for the appointment, on the morning of the appointment, to the email address that you provide.
Although the therapy sessions are remote, it is important that we keep the practices that we would have if we were face to face, such as a safe environment where you feel comfortable. One of the ways I encourage this is by asking that you are in a confidential space where you are the only person present for the therapy session and cannot be overhead by any other individual. I do encourage you to wear headphones if you can.