Initial Process An initial appointment of about two hours is set up so that you and The Counsellor can discuss in broad terms the issues for which you would like help and importantly to reflect on whether the ‘chemistry’ fits and if you feel that you can work successfully together. Together you will be able to agree a ‘way of working together’, timeframes, what the counselling relationship can offer as well as what it does not provide.
At the end of the appointment The Counsellor will suggest to you what she believes is the best next step, propose a way forward and recommend that you give this some thought. You do not need to make that decision there and then and can contact her within a few days to let her know your decision. Alternatively you and The Counsellor may immediately decide that you would like to work together and a next appointment can then be confirmed. In the unlikely situation that The Counsellor believes that another Practitioner with different skills from her own may be more suited for you, she will let you know and assist you with a referral.
The Counsellor will in subsequent sessions take you through a process that involves a more in depth understanding and professional analysis of the issues you bring and which may involve a range of enquiry methods including psychometrics and personal values identification. Ongoing sessions are usually of two hours duration; occasionally a focus may shift or practical activities and exercises may be of benefit, which may require more time in a session; in this case The Counsellor will discuss this with you in advance.