Initial Assessment Session
Embarking on therapy is often daunting and while the process of growth, personal change and healing is extremely rewarding it can also be very challenging. It is therefore important to engage in a therapeutic relationship that feels right for you. An initial assessment session will give us an opportunity to get to know one another and decide if we would like to work together.
The first session will give you a feel for what therapy involves. We will discuss your reasons for coming (please don’t worry if they are not yet clear) and I will ask you some questions about your personal history and your current situation. We will work together to clarify areas to explore and the most appropriate therapeutic approach. There will be space to discuss confidentiality, practicalities, such as time, fees, and cancellations, and any concerns or questions you may have about beginning this process.
If we agree to work together over a longer period we will meet at the same time and place each week. We will undertake regular reviews to ensure that our work continues to best meet your needs.
If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of your therapy please raise this with me as soon as possible during our sessions as we may be able to use this constructively within our work together. As a member of COSCA I practice in accordance with COSCA’s Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and any complaints about any aspect of my professional conduct or practice that cannot be resolved between us can be referred to Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA). For more information on the COSCA Complaints Procedure please see www.cosca.org.uk.