What will happen during my first appointment?
Your first meeting will be relaxed and informal. You may be asked about your family, work or background so I can get an idea of how your problem started and how it affects your life. You will not have to answer any questions you do not wish to. At the end of this session you will be given some idea of how we might work together. This may involve individual therapy, or coming with your partner or family, or attending a group with other people. In some instances, I may recommend another person, specialist or organization helps you.
How many sessions will I need?
In the first session, we will discuss whether you may benefit from therapy, deciding if it would be better to work “open ended” or “time limited”. To work open ended would involve regular sessions at first until you feel comfortable to agree on a date to end. Time limited would involve agreeing a set number of sessions after our initial appointment.
Am I unusual in having these problems?..I feel ashamed to ask for help
Most people, at some time in their lives, go through difficult periods when they would benefit from having help or advice from an outsider. There is nothing to be ashamed of. Tackling your problem now will help make sure things don’t get worse.
I find it difficult to talk…does this matter?
Many people find it difficult to talk about themselves, particularly when it concerns things that matter deeply or very personal issues. Don’t worry, psychologists are highly trained to be sensitive and facilitating in their work with clients.
Will these talks remain confidential?
All therapeutic conversations are bound by the rules of confidentiality. However, if there are any serious concerns about your health or the welfare of other people, then confidentiality cannot, of course, be assured.