If it’s your first time trying counselling the process can feel daunting. I have provided a template below which outlines the process to help you understand what is involved.
The free consultation is a brief conversation to determine if we’d be a good fit to work together. This step is not required but many people find it helpful. No strings attached!
In the first session I will ask you targeted questions to learn more about you and your current situation. This is crucial and will inform our work together.
You can attend counselling for as long or short as you want. Most of my clients have weekly or bi-weekly sessions for 2-3 months and many return for tune-up sessions or to address new or recurring issues and goals.
STEP 1 – Check-in
I ask you how your week went and see if there is anything pressing that you want to discuss.
STEP 2 – Review
We review the plan from the previous session and debrief any successes and challenges.
STEP 3 – Work
You identify your priority for the session and we discuss it. If you don’t know what you want to address I will choose a topic based on my experience and knowledge of your history and current situation.
STEP 4 – Plan
We collaborate to make an action plan for you to carry out during the week. This is just as, if not more, important as what we do in session.
STEP 5 – Feedback
I summarize the session content and ask you what your biggest takeaway from the meeting was. This helps solidify any insights you may have gained and lets me know what’s landing for you.
You may choose to end counselling if you have reached your goals or if you feel it’s not working. I may end counselling if I feel that I can’t help your specific problem or am unavailable for some other reason. If I can’t see you I will do my best to refer you to a more appropriate resource.