I understand that reaching out for therapy can be a daunting task.  It can be a strange and often uncomfortable process to reach out to a therapist, let alone schedule an appointment.  That’s why I offer a FREE 15 minute initial phone consultation, with no obligation.

Asking questions

The purpose of the initial consultation is to see if I can can offer the support you are looking for.  During the phone call, I will ask you some personal questions to help me assess whether my skills as a counsellor match your needs and requirements.

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You are free to pause and ask questions at any point during the consultation.  I understand that it can be uncomfortable sharing personal information with a complete stranger, so please let me know if anything I ask feels too uncomfortable to discuss.

Scheduling a first session (initial assessment)

If you decide to book a counselling session (initial assessment), we will agree a mutually convenient date and time to meet.  I require full payment in advance of the first session.

The First Counselling Session

What to expect

It is normal to feel nervous prior to the first counselling session, even if you have had therapy before.counselling in plymouth

I will do my best to help you to feel relaxed and at ease throughout the session.

Therapy for you

The first session enables you to:

  • Get a feel for the counselling space.
  • See how I work/my approach.
  • Focus on how you feel about your present life and what you want to be different in the future.
  • Consider whether counselling is the best type of help for you.
  • Identify any goals you would like to work towards.

Assessing your needs and suitability

The first session (initial assessment) enables me to assess your needs and suitability for counselling.   During the session, I will ask you some questions to help me better understand your personal history and current situation, as well as any emotional, physical or psychological symptoms you may be experiencing.

The contract

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Part of the first session involves discussing the counselling contract (working agreement).

This is an important document which ensures that the time you spend in therapy is both safe and productive.

Benefits and Risks of Therapy

As with any treatment, there are some risks as well as many benefits with therapy.  For example in therapy, there is a risk that you will for a time, have uncomfortable feelings.

You may recall unpleasant memories and/or uncover problems with people who are important to you.  Family secrets may be told.  Therapy may disrupt a marriage (although my approach is to enhance relationships, not harm them).  At times, your symptoms may temporarily increase after beginning therapy.  Most of these risks are to be expected when people are making important changes in their lives.

Finally, even with our best efforts, there is a risk that therapy will not work for you.  While you consider these risks, you should know also that the benefits of therapy have been shown by scientists in hundreds of well-designed research studies.

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How therapy can help you

  • Therapy can help you feel less depressed and/or anxious.
  • Your relationships and coping skills may improve greatly.
  • Your personal goals and values may become clearer, and you may grow in many ways.

Therapeutic approaches

As an integrative counsellor I draw on a number of therapeutic approaches tailored to your individual needs and circumstances, including person-centered therapy, gestalt therapy and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).

To find out more or book a FREE 15 minute phone consultation, please telephone 0740 865994 or send an email