For most people, making contact for the first time can be difficult which is why I suggest an initial telephone call. It is my way of helping to break the ice and it's free! Alternatively, you could come over for 30 minutes or so for a free informal meeting. I could make you a drink and you can get a sense of how it would be to work with me. If it would make it easier you could bring someone with you as the aim is for you to make that first step.
After our telephone conversation or informal meeting and if we both agree to proceed, then I will invite you come over for an assessment. The assessment lasts for about an hour and a half, which I offer at a reduced rate, as I believe it is really important and helps to underpin our work together. The assessment offers us a space to look at you and your life. You may feel overwhelmed and confused right now and not able to make sense of things but try not to worry as it is my job to identify your presenting issues and begin to understand you better.
At the end of your assessment I will have gathered information about what brings you to therapy and understand better who you are and what you want and need. We will talk about how my way of working can help you and we can discuss time frames. This is very much a collaborative partnership, we work together using both of our qualities and skills to get you to where you want to be. I will also explain my contract and how I record and store your information.