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What will a therapy session be like?

Going to therapy for the first time can feel daunting. You might be afraid of what suppressed emotions will surface and worry that you will be pushed to say more than you want to. You might also hope that talking to someone brings relief, especially if you have been holding on to difficult feelings for a long time. Perhaps you are wondering how a 'stranger' might help or maybe you feel disloyal that you are not sharing information with those closest to you. It is not unusual for clients to at first feel undecided whether therapy is really for them or not.

Before you start therapy, we will be clear on what you hope to get out of it. The success of therapy very much depends on the honesty and safety of the therapeutic relationship. This will support you in gradually extending and stretching outside your current understandings, as well as to probe and focus within yourself. I will help you do this by reflecting what I notice, asking you more about your experience and offering a non-judgemental space where you can really come to know yourself more deeply. This knowledge will help you see more clearly obstacles, which you yourself or others may be putting up, so that you can step around problems more easily.

How you see the world and your difficulties will be the starting point. As you become more honest, and so more attuned with yourself, a broader array of possibilities becomes more visible. This means that we first need to deeply understand where you are at now. This clarity brings wisdom to know how to live more fully, openly and with a deeper purpose and sense of yourself.

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