Your First Session
If you have never had a counselling session previously, you may feel a bit nervous about what to expect.
Contacting a counsellor does not obligate you to their services, and neither are you bound to stay for the full course of therapy if you decide to try counselling. This is important because it is in your best interest to find a counsellor who is a good fit, that listens to you and accepts you without judgement
To book an appointment, you can use my online appointment scheduler here. You may also call or email: if you call you will most likely get my confidential voicemail, where you can leave a private message for me to return your call.
At the first session, we will explore your presenting problem. I will listen to you, ask questions and take notes about your challenge and your symptoms. We will talk about what you want and expect out of therapy, and explore your goals.
Your goals are the biggest factor determining how short or long term treatment will be. For some people therapy is a few or several sessions, for others counselling spans over many months or years. It may be regular, or sporadic. At all times you choose the duration and interval between sessions, in alignment with what you want to achieve.
It is my hope that throughout the counselling process you feel comfortable asking questions, that you can make yourself heard and say what is on your mind, correct me if I am wrong or if I did not understand, and that you feel free to help me tailor your experience to be what will benefit you the most.
Growth happens when you step outside of your comfort zone. Booking a first appointment with any counsellor can be a little nerve wracking. I'll do my best to help you feel comfortable if you are feeling nervous.
If all of this sounds like something you could try, you can book an appointment by clicking here.
A short article about "What To Expect In Your First Counselling Session"
While you are searching for the right counsellor, be aware of your rights as a client:
You have the right to: