I am guessing that if you are reading this page that you are thinking about counselling.
You may already have had some experience with counselling, or this may be your first time and you are wondering what to expect.
Counselling can be used to get you through a very rough time, and it can also be used from time to time to help you make decisions, heal from past hurts and traumas, help you understand yourself better, give you skills to help set healthier boundaries with partners, family, coworkers etc., and it can also help you choose healthier relationships and ways of being in the world.
Counselling is a place where you can talk freely, and expect to be heard and respected and not feel judged. Your relationship with me will be the most important part of the counselling process. You, the client, need to feel that you and your counsellor are a good fit, and there is enough trust in the relationship that you can talk about the things you need to talk about.
The first session is usually about getting to know one another a bit. We will discuss the importance of confidentiality and I will ask you to sign a confidentiality agreement. We will also talk about what brings you to counselling now, and what you hope to get out of the counselling experience. We will talk about a couple of goals that you want to move towards, and how often you might need to come for therapy to be most effective.
I am always happy to hear from new clients.