what to expect from sessions
If you have never had counselling, you may wonder what to expect and might feel nervous about taking the plunge.
I hope to put your mind at ease a little, by giving you some insight into what our sessions might be like, if you choose for us to work together.
During our first session I will gather information, so I can learn more about you and the issues you would like us to explore in counselling, how they are impacting your life and what you hope to achieve from our sessions. This helps to establish the starting point for our work, so you get what you need from our time together.
You may not have clarity around these things to begin with; don’t worry, we can explore them together.
Week to week, you are free to use your sessions however feels right for you. You can start wherever you choose. People don’t always feel ready to dive straight in at the deep end, it can take time to build up a sense of trust and safety, so we will go at your pace, always.
Our sessions offer a space to express yourself freely: you can cry, you can swear, you can give voice to your inner thoughts: whatever you need. All emotions are valid: there are no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ emotions so if you feel angry, for example, you can express your anger, without fear of judgement.
You might want to spend some time sitting quietly, reflecting or allowing things to rise to the surface. Silence can be really powerful and I would encourage you to embrace it, if it feels right for you at the time.
My approach to client work is not passive: I do ask questions, I may offer appropriate insight and suggest ways that we might work through whatever is coming up for you in session. I don’t offer advice but I will support you to find your own solutions, clarity and purpose.
Out of each week you will most likely spend 1 hour in counselling and the other 167 hours flying solo. So, between sessions, I might suggest relevant resources for you to check out or invite you to do some work, such as keeping a journal or planning self-care activities. We might talk about how you can practice using some of the tools or strategies we have developed together in session.
You always have the right to decline any of my suggestions and I will respect your wishes.
looking after yourself ~ during and after sessions
You are welcome to bring a warm drink or glass of water into your session and make yourself comfortable.
Counselling can be emotionally draining so, if possible, try to put aside an hour or so after your session, either for quiet reflection or even a nap.
Some people like to arrange to spend time with a friend or family member or to get out for fresh air afterwards.
Your self-care is really important, so think about what you can do to actively support yourself through the process of counselling.
This is something we can talk about in sessions too.
Wondering if I might be the right counsellor for you but not ready to commit? You are welcome to book a call with me, free of charge and without obligation.