For most people making contact for the first time, it can be very difficult, which is why I suggest an initial telephone call. It is my way of helping to break the ice and it's free!
After our telephone conversation, and if we both agree to proceed, then I will invite you to attend a first meeting. During this first session, which I call a clinical assessment, we can see what unfolds. Some clients like to say as much as they can while others struggle, in which case we can spend time building our relationship. I allow an hour and a half for your initial assessment, which I give at a reduced rate, as it is important that you say as much as you can and begin to get a sense of me.
If you are able, I will gather information about what brings you to therapy and understand better your expectations. We will talk about how my way of working can help you and we can discuss time frames. I will also explain my contract and how I record and store your information.
This first meeting is also an opportunity for you to ask questions, as we will still be working out if we can work together. If either of us feels that the ‘fit’ is not right, then I may be able to suggest another therapist within my location.