In the room
We'll meet at the same time each week for 50 minutes. This is your time. If you're new to counselling, you may have anxieties and expectations. Some people find it hard to focus on their emotions, others may be looking for direct advice. I can't tell you what to do as you are the expert on your situation. What I'll do is listen, question, challenge and support you. Sometimes this can be hard for you or for me or for both of us, that's what makes it an emotional relational process. We're looking to find a place where we connect and can be open with each other.
Most of the time will be spent with you talking. There may be times that we need to explore another form of expression. This could include using art work, movement, role play, writing and visualisation. The most important thing is that you feel safe when we explore different forms of expression.
When we start working together, I'll ask you to sign a contract. This is to outline how we'll work together and know what to expect from each other. In therapy, sometimes this forms part of the "therapeutic frame". This means that there are boundaries to how we work together and the frame is the way to contain this. It helps with the therapeutic process and creates security. Click on the Word document to see our agreement.