Being in therapy is an important commitment that you make to yourself. It is crucial that you find the right approach and person to work with.

Once you have made contact with me, either by phone or email, I would let you know what spaces I have available. Should any of them be suitable, we would then look to arrange a face to face meeting. This would be our first session and there is no commitment to go beyond this session should you decide that I am not the right practitioner for you.

This session is an opportunity for you to meet me and experience how I work. I see this as a session which is why it is charged for. I am very happy to offer a brief phone conversation or email exchange to discuss what you are looking for so that you can decide if you feel like going ahead with a session.

I will give you a copy of my psychotherapy agreement, which covers the terms on which I work, specifically around strict confidentiality and my policy on cancellations. This document also makes reference to the ethical standards I adhere to. I will also give you a copy of my Privacy Policy. You are very welcome to take time to reflect on this meeting and maybe meet other therapists before making your decision. Or you may decide straight away to continue to work with me.

 

“Most of us have been dragged kicking and screaming to the realization that what really works in psychotherapy is the relationship between the therapist and the client… We are all devastated by this reality because we spent years and a lot of money learning a particular technique or theory, and it is very disheartening to realise that what we learned is only the vehicle or springboard to create a relationship – which is where the real work happens”

Daniel Stern