The first time we meet I will ask you to talk about why you have decided to seek counselling at this point in your life and what changes you hope to secure in the process. Anything you say during these sessions will be confidential. This will not be a counselling session as such but an opportunity for you to decide if you would like to move forward into counselling. If you have any further questions about what counselling involves you can raise them at this stage. There will be a charge for this session but if you decide that you do not want to proceed with counselling after this first session you are under no obligation to do so.
If you agree to proceed, we can agree between us a regular, usually weekly, time for your counselling sessions which will last about an hour each time. At this point we will agree the ongoing weekly fee. You might want to agree to a fixed number of sessions at this point or leave it open ended.
What happens in counselling
Counselling is a very personal process. There is no fixed script about the content. It is certain to be different for each person depending on their circumstances. In your counselling sessions I would aim to provide a confidential, safe environment where you can speak openly and honestly about the circumstances of your life, and anything that concerns you, knowing that you will be accepted for who you are and not be judged in any way. You will be in control of what you say and what you do not say.