aims to give only a sketch of how counselling or psychotherapy with me
may be like - what either process "is" and what it "does" often provokes
a few questions. I don't distinguish between the two types of work
unless I'm pushed to. Some feel counselling refers to shorter-term
goal-oriented work while psychotherapy refers to longer-term work that
explores issues at greater depth. I tend to call either "therapy".
make contact (email, text, 'phone), we may decide to meet. I hope that
this initial meeting (of 50 minutes) would allow you to talk freely
about what brought you to me, along with any expectations and anxieties
you might have about the process, or me. We would also explore any goals
you may wish to achieve. In turn, I would explain my policy on
confidentiality, fees, cancellations and appointment times.
agree to work together, we may then work out for how long - it may be
just a few sessions or on an open-ended basis, depending on what feels
right for you. It sometimes helps to work out a time-frame together from
the outset, but nothing is set in stone, and we can always review how
things are as they unfold.
expect you to lie down on a couch (although you are welcome to), nor do I
sit in silence. I hope to be in dialogue with you, and I encourage any
material that may be useful for you to bring to the sessions too -
drawings, dreams, journals, poems or music included.