WHAT HAPPENS IN THE INITIAL SESSION? The initial session is normally fifty minutes long. During the session, I take a detailed history of an overview of your present situation. I will discuss with you what you want from counselling or psychotherapy.
The first session provides an opportunity for me to be clear that I can support you in achieving your personal goals and for you to decide if you wish to work with me. I also discuss ways we might work together, time scales and your expectations of counseling.
You may be unfamiliar with the process of counseling and therefore may come with lots of questions and uncertainties. Feel free to voice these and to raise new issues as they arise. My goal is to provide you with an appropriate environment to be acknowledge, supported and challenged to meet your goal for personal change. If we both agree to commence with therapy, a further appointment will be made.
SOME COMMON ISSUES EXPLORED IN THERAPY
Loss, bereavement and grief
Issues in relationships
Low self esteem
Feelings of guilt,
Problems with family
HOW DOES THERAPY WORK?
Counselling or psycotherapy is a trained, professional relationship, whereby the therapist listens to the client in order to appreciate and understand the client's feelings, thinking and personal experiences. This can enable the client to first have an awareness of and then alter the previous repetition of destructive patterns of feeling, thinking and behaviour.
WHAT IS YOUR THEORETICAL APPROACH
I trained as a Transactional Analyst. TA is an integrative approach, which is extensive and meticulous when directed to the practice of psychotherapy. It blends the traditions of psychoanalysis, cognitive, and behavioural approaches, developmental theory and social psychology. It also provides a clear framework for achieving personal change and addresses a variety of issues such as internal conflict (our intra psychic process), external conflict (our relationship difficulties) and negative repetitive life patterns that we find unhelpful