What to expect
Seeing a psychologist for the first time can be extremely daunting as it is hard to know what to expect. In order to feel comfortable I feel the basis of the therapeutic relationship needs to be building and developing trust. Confidentiality is the basis of the relationship and it is a principle which I believe is essential and I am also professionally and ethically bound to provide a supportive confidential environment.
Once we have agreed to meet, the initial session is an assessment for me to understand the difficulties you are dealing with and get a deeper understanding of why you feel at this stage you can benefit from therapy. Together we will look at what you can expect from therapy, what kind of work we will be doing, how many sessions you can expect to attend and most importantly whether you feel I am the right person to help you with these difficulties.
Should you feel that I am not the best person to help you deal with the issues then we can discuss whether it would be appropriate for me to refer you to see someone who may be better suited. At the end of the initial session we will then agree a plan that feels comfortable for you. The goals of therapy will be outlined so that we can work towards them and also during the process of therapy review your progress. This is a collaborative process.
We will also agree if there needs to be any feedback to your referrer or if we need to have other professionals involved.