You may have heard about 'talking therapy'. This can take many forms, but in a nutshell, it usually means two people meeting in a room to work through the problems of the person who has sought the therapy.
Here I will try to give you some idea of how things will go, although this is very general as it is always different for each person.
Our first face-to-face meeting
WHAT TO EXPECT
Meeting me for the first time may cause you to feel some anxiety. This is normal, as most people feel apprehensive when facing a new situation. You will meet me in my therapy room, which is quiet and safe. Nothing will be expected from you. You are free to say what you want, or to say nothing if you prefer. You might find it hard to talk, or hard to stop talking. You might fear what will come out, once you start. You may cry, and this is a safe place (maybe the only place) to do so. What you say will be in confidence and will stay in the counselling room. There will be no judgement.
At our first face-to-face meeting, I will explain how we will work together - the length of sessions, cost, our mutual commitment to your therapy, and confidentiality. How much of this we need to cover will depend on whether you have already had a free telephone consultation with me. There will also be time for you to talk. This will take us about an hour. There is absolutely no obligation to book a second appointment following this assessment session. I will leave it up to you to contact me if you want to go ahead. You don't need to decide this straight away. It can be at any time in the future or not at all.
So I hope that you can see that, although taking this first step may seem daunting, when you arrive you will find that you have nothing to fear, and everything to gain.
HOW THERAPY WORKS
As with all therapy, this will be different from what you may have had already, and from that of every other person. You are unique, and you have never been at this point in your life before. So, if you have previously had counselling, although you will have a basic idea of the format, the substance of each session will not be the same.
As you unfold your story, I will listen carefully, sometimes reflecting on what you are saying or feeling, but mostly giving you the space to talk about things in your own way. I will not judge you, but I will be working alongside you so that you can start to understand what is happening to you. In time you should begin to feel yourself moving from the place where you have become 'stuck'. Your new understanding should help you to work out where you want to go or what parts of your life you want to change, and also the good things you wish to keep the same. This may take time.
My aim will be that eventually you should feel able to move forward independently without me, as you will have become your own therapist.
My clients say that therapy has brought them a new clarity, self-awareness and confidence, enabling them to regain control of their own lives.
I offer a free 30-minute initial phone consultation by appointment with no further obligation. This is to help you decide if we are the right fit. If you think I can help you, please contact me.
Thereafter, should you choose to book an appointment at one of my therapy rooms, the cost of a 55-minute session is £60. I also offer a reduction for students at £40 per hour.