For those who are unfamiliar with the counselling process having an idea of what to expect will hopefully reduce any apprehension. It is important to know that my foremost goal is to help you with whatever concern you have. In the initial intake session I will spend a fair amount of time gathering information from you so that I can have a holistic view of how I may be of assistance in helping you solve problems and reach your goals. During the initial phone call and first session you will have the opportunity to ask me any questions you like about our work together. I want you to feel as though you can trust me and hopefully through those initial times together we can work on building a great therapeutic relationship.
Once we’ve established a good working relationship, I would offer you a regular time and place to meet, genuine interest, care and concern, as well as a non-judgmental environment from which we can explore your options. It is recommended that you attend therapy weekly at the beginning of our work together, over time you may want to maintain this consistency or you may want to shift to bi-weekly as some clients do after a period of working together.
What’s counselling like with me as your therapist?
Therapy involves effort. The good news is that you won’t be doing it alone. The alliance between us means that there would be someone there to support you, ready to work with you in your best interests.
I believe my clients would say that I am a supportive, attentive therapist who advocates for my clients. They would also say that I am a challenging therapist who believes that when in session we are both there to work on helping you to move through whatever brought you to therapy. I like to take action and most clients who work with me have come to me specifically for that style of counselling. So if you’re ready to make things happen, I’d love to help you with that. Similar to a personal trainer who would support you and push you to achieve your physical health goals, I will push you to achieve your mental health goals.
What if it isn’t feeling right for you?
Because each person is unique there can never be a one-size-fits-all method of therapy. However, it is my experience that when someone can open up to a non-judgmental and compassionate therapist, they can start to experience the changes that will make their life more satisfying. At the same time, my goal as a counselling therapist is to get you the help you need to attain whatever goals you have. If that means referring you to one of my colleagues in order to find the best fit for you, I have absolutely no problem with that.
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