The initial appointment is an assessment session and is either 50 minutes or if you would prefer and extended assessment, 90 minutes. During this appointment, you will be asked to describe the difficulties you are experiencing. We will discuss the issues impacting you together with any relevant background information/history. We will talk about a number of different areas of your life but there is no obligation to talk about anything you are not comfortable with. There is no set way to do this and we can go through things in a way that feels comfortable to you. Once we have discussed the issues in more depth we can formulate a joint understanding and plan the next steps including a treatment plan.
Following assessment, you can decide if you would like another appointment. For some people, an assessment can be a one-off session in order to help them gain an understanding of their difficulties and/or gain a professional opinion. The assessment can be therapeutic in itself and may be enough to help some people move forward at that point. Others may choose to proceed to therapy. There is no obligation to have further sessions and you do not have to decide during the appointment.
If you choose to proceed with therapy, you will have an opportunity to change your mind. You are free to cancel the next appointment and any further input without needing to give an explanation. Please see what does it cost? for more information on cancellation.