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What to expect when you're expecting... Therapy.

Updated: Jan 20

Book an appointment. Load up your computer- you're in!

I jest, although practically speaking these are the things you might have to do to start therapy but the reality is usually more of an emotional journey.

As someone who has had plenty of experience of the therapy room, I know first hand how hard it can be to reach out, be vulnerable and commit to your inner healing.

So what to expect from Therapy?

The idea of therapy can seem so clinical, images of Sigmund Freud with his 'patients' lying on a chaise longue with a notepad, sitting behind and anaylsing his patient's unconscious thoughts might come to mind. I for one was somewhat disappointed when I entered the therapy room for the first time and realised I wouldn't be relaxing on a big sofa. While Psychoanalysis has come a long way from what the traditional image suggests, my practice is centred in Person-Centred Theory and I work with clients not patients. You can read more about the way I work in My Approach.

Should we decide to work together I will email you an Intake Form and a copy of the Working Agreement or Contract for our work together. This outlines the expectations of the therapist and the client and includes information about the Policies and Procedures of my practice. Once you return these will work together to agree a date and time to meet and you will be emailed a link to our video call via Google Meet.

Before the Session

  1. Prior to the session it's important that you find a quiet and confidential space where you won't be interrupted or overheard.

  2. Ensure you have somewhere comfortable to sit as the session will last for 50 minutes.

  3. Check that your webcam and microphone are in good working order to minimise the risk of technical difficulties.

  4. If there's something specific you'd like to talk about it can be helpful to make notes or write down words that prompt you if you're feeling nervous, though I am told I make people feel comfortable, as i'm very laid back and approachable.

Take a deep breath. This is a positive step in your journey, and i'm only here to help support you. The time is yours and you dictate what we talk about.

Therapy can help you develop better self-awareness, can increase confidence, self-esteem and resilience. Working with skills in counselling can equip you with stronger coping mechanisms and methods of managing life's stresses, and increase your overall wellbeing. It is never too late to ask for help.


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