WHAT TO EXPECT IN COUNSELLING
(with me as your therapist)
As every therapist is a different they will all work in a different way. A good therapist will be well 'seasoned' in their approach and not 'wooden'. More experienced therapists will bring their personality into therapy, they will not be putting on an act of trying to be a therapist or something that they are not. Experienced therapists often bring a unique blend of trainings and ways of working, rather than one method alone.
When you come to see me, you deal with me only, there is no reception staff or other 3rd parties involved.
Research has shown - having some therapy is more helpful than having no therapy at all.
I will provide you with a safe environment where you can really be you, without judgement.
What may happen is:
- I will go over the limits of confidentiality and fees which will only take a minute or so.
- I will ask about what brings you to therapy - it will probably be more helpful if you don't rehearse or go over what to say in therapy, as then it may feel more natural for you and less 'staged' if you just arrive, don't put yourself under any unnecessary pressure.
- I will ask you questions which will help you to go more into depth and identify what is going on internally for you.
- You may talk about things you didn't expect to..
- You may feel worse before you start to feel better
What will not happen:
- You will not be laid on a chaise lounge
- No medication will be used
- I will not tell you what to do with your life, although we may agree on 'tasks' or 'experiments' for you outside of the therapy room. This would probably only be in relation to building confidence or changing behaviour/s.
- You will not be made or forced into anything including your return
“In my relationships with persons I have found that it does not help, in the long run, to act as though I were something that I am not.”
― Carl R. Rogers, On Becoming a Person: A Therapist's View of Psychotherapy