Free first meeting
I always offer a free first exploratory meeting so you can see if my approach might be for you. We will spend up to an hour together.
This will give you a chance to ask me any questions you may have, and it allows me to learn a little about why you are thinking about starting therapy.
We will use our time together to discuss your concerns, your situation and background, and your hopes and wishes.
This meeting also allows me to make sure my approach is likely to be helpful to you. You can be sure of a warm welcome.
Meeting in person
This first exploratory hour gives you the chance to meet me in person. Each therapist has their own personality and way of being, and their own particular skills, gifts, knowledge, life experience and training.
So it is important that you meet me before making any decisions about working with me.
Please call me, or email, if you would like to arrange this first meeting.
After our first meeting
We won't make a decision, either of us, at this first meeting.
You will need a little time to reflect on this significant commitment to weekly therapy that you are considering. I too will need to sense whether I am going to be the best person for you or not, and I will suggest other therapists or other approaches if I think they are more suited to you.
In addition, reading this brief article by John Welwood may help you decide whether this approach calls you or not.
Finally, I always suggest to anyone looking to start psychotherapy and counselling that you meet at least three different therapists, as part of the process of finding the right person for you.