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First Steps

Finding a therapist you feel comfortable with is essential for a trusting, therapeutic relationship to develop. I usually suggest we meet twice before making a commitment to on-going therapy. This gives you a chance to get a feel for how I work and reflect on whether I am a 'good fit' for you, and for me to give careful consideration to your situation and concerns. 

 

The initial consultation is an opportunity to tell me what difficulties bring you to therapy and what you hope to achieve. The follow-up session, if needed, allows us to reflect on your experience of the initial consultation, begin to make sense of what might be going on, and address any further questions. Together we can decide whether to commit to on-going weekly therapy.

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On-going therapy

Sessions are 50 minutes and we will meet at the same time and day each week, outside of my breaks. This regular commitment provides a rhythm and sense of security for the work we do together. If you cannot attend, I will endeavour, where possible, to offer you an alternative session time however this cannot be guaranteed. Cancelled or missed sessions are charged for. 

 

I will let you lead the sessions, bringing whatever is on your mind. I will offer comments, observations and questions to support you in making sense of your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. We may think about how your past experiences have shaped your beliefs and expectations of relationships, and how these are influencing what is happening in the here and now.

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Endings

All individuals, couples and therapies are unique so it's not possible to predict how long your therapy will take. I find an open-ended, client-led approach is most helpful, allowing you to work at your own pace and take as much time as you need to work through your difficulties. We will keep your initial goals in mind and review the work regularly to think about what is, or isn't, changing.

When you feel ready to leave I usually suggest we work towards an ending over a number of sessions so we can review what has happened in the therapy, consider your thoughts about the future, and bring our therapeutic relationship to a thoughtful close.

 

 

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