It's not unusual for people to feel a bit anxious when they come for their first counselling session, and I will do my best to make you feel at ease as quickly as possible. You will be under no obligation to continue working with me if you are not sure that we are the right 'fit', and you are in complete control of deciding when you would like to end our work together.
In the first session I will explain a bit about confidentiality, fees and how I work, and then we will get on with finding out what you are hoping to achieve from counselling. Even if you are not sure about your best hopes, most people find that spending some time clarifying what they mean by 'better', 'happier', 'in control' etc is in itself very motivating and encouraging. Some people worry that they will be expected to talk about experiences or feelings that are too difficult to share, but this is not the case with Solution Focused counselling. We will go at your pace, and you will decide what is useful for us to discuss. In my work I have found that people do not necessarily have to re-experience painful thoughts, feelings and memories in order to move on from them.
At the end of the first session, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions, and decide if you would like us to continue working together. If so, we will agree a regular appointment time which will be held for you each week. Sessions last for fifty minutes and cost £55. A cancellation fee of £25 is payable for any missed or cancelled sessions. My counselling room is quiet and comfortable, and is on the ground floor of my home in Hanover. There is metered parking available on the streets nearby. Please call for access details.