Your therapy starts with an intake. This session is longer than a normal session as we will also go through the framework for our sessions together. The intake is the beginning of the assessment which can take 2-3 sessions to complete. On the basis of these sessions your goals for therapy, and how best to reach them, will become clear, and as a client you will have an impression of what counseling is. Counseling and therapy involves a commitment of time and resources so it is your right to ask any questions you might have and make sure that you are comfortable. If you decide to continue your counseling with me we will usually schedule one 50 minutes session per week.
The first meeting can seem a little overwhelming and you might not know where to start. That is alright, the only thing you have to do is share. We will explore the complexity of your situation together. I will help you find your tempo and process, and contain for you anything that comes up along the way.
Depending on the presenting problem some or all of the following elements may be explored during the course of your sessions:
• Cognition and beliefs
• Behavior and patterns