(BA (Hons) MA, & certified Life Coach)

Psychotherapeutic Counsellor & Life Coach

Bedfordshire & Surrounding Area

Also available on Skype

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So, having made the decision to see a counsellor/therapist, having found one or been referred to one and booked an appointment, you now wait wondering what to expect in your first session.  Making this step takes courage and strength as by this point youíre likely to have acknowledged that thereís an issue or set of issues, even if youíre unsure of the exact details.  

You may be feeling anxious, depressed or unsure of who or what you are.  You may be having relationship difficulties or be feeling stuck about circumstances in your life.  Either way, you have made a strong positive step.

Your therapy is for you, and I am not there to give you advice or tell you what to do.  Youíre the greatest expert on you as only you know how you feel in any given situation, therefore, youíre also the greatest expert to know what will or wonít fit for you in your life. 

The information that is stated below relates to how I work and there maybe differences between different therapists.  Working as a Counsellor in Private Practise you will find that  there are many similarities in how the first session is likely to go.

In the first session, a number of things will be covered such as Ė Confidentiality, Boundaries, Your hopes, aims or goal of the session and an assessment maybe undertaken to cover safety aspects. 

Confidentiality is a key area of therapy and is of the utmost importance.  Without it itís unlikely that youíre going to feel comfortable to disclose all that you wish. 

Boundaries are discussed which means that session timings, cancellation policies and scope of counselling maybe talked about.  The scope of counselling is about what counselling is and what it isnít to ensure both parties are in agreement as to what is being offered. 

Your hopes and aims of the session are important to give the initial session and future sessions something to work to.  As the sessions progress, often the hopes and aims alter and they can change completely.  This depends on you, the sessions and the progress being made.

It is important to remember that the counselling session is Your session to discuss whatever you wish, so you can disclose as much or little as you please.  Just because youíre being asked a question, does not mean you have to answer it if you do not want to.  It is Your time

Copyright Terry Hayden 2016