The Initial Consultation is a 'finding out meeting' to explore what has been happening and what issues you would like to address and then to consider possible ways forward.
The initial consultation is for anyone who would like to consult with us about their difficulties, dilemmas or relationship problems. For example: adults, couples, parents, children, adolescents, families, couples, professionals and organisations.
Are you feeling stuck? Are you experiencing difficulty making sense of your situation? Are you struggling to know what might be the best way to proceed and what kind of help is required?
Get help now by contacting Tracey Johnston, Clinical Director
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
to arrange an initial consultation appointment at Possibilities Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre Aberdeen.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm.
What kind of concerns are appropriate for an initial consultation meeting?
Your concerns may be about any personal, life, relationship, school or work issues. For example, struggling to understand what has gone wrong or not sure how best to reach your potential. You may 'know' something is wrong or feel stuck and uncertain about what to do next. There may be some turbulence in your life and you may be worried about the future. You may be experiencing an emotional, relationship or 'mental health' problem. You may have previously sought professional help and found it unhelpful.
No problem is too big or too small for us to consider.
"Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable." Mary Oliver
What is an Initial Consultation meeting?
The initial consultation meeting is an opportunity for us to find out about your situation, explore what kind of help you require and if we can provide it. It is also an opportunity for you to meet us and decide whether or not you would like our help. If you do not feel ready to do so, there is no obligation to contract for therapy.
Our initial consultation meetings can help you by providing a place and space to find out, clarify and think about these (see above) and other issues. It is important to become ready for possibilities to come. The meeting is the medium in which possibilities can begin to arise and take shape.
The initial consultation also provides a place for an open, confidential, non-blaming and supportive discussion about your concerns with an experienced and highly trained expert psychotherapist (UKCP registered) whose main aim is to gain some understanding rather than to judge, and who will help you explore the best options available.
"The only real failure in life is the failure to try." George Bernard Shaw
John works as a structural engineer in a local industry. On three separate occasions, he has turned down promotions as, although he would have liked the extra money, it just didn't feel right for him. He was concerned that his career might not progress further as his managers were quite puzzled by his actions.
In the initial consultation, it emerged that, underlying his professional and confident exterior, there rumbled very powerful 'stories' about John feeling "not good enough" and quite insecure in relation to other people and taking "risks". At the end of the consultation, John agreed to undertake a short course of cognitive therapy that helped him to successfully address these and other connected issues.
"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity."
Who should attend an Initial Consultation meeting?
The consultation meeting can be attended by you alone or, if you prefer, you can bring along any significant others such as partners or family members.
How long will the consultation last?
The initial consultation lasts 50 minutes. This is outlined in advance with you via email or telephone discussion.
"Hope arises in action."
How many consultation meetings are required?
Depending on the complexity of your situation, sometimes one or more than one initial consultation meeting is required before we are able establish what should happen next. For example, in relation to your main priorities, what type of therapeutic help is indicated and who should be involved.
Sometimes the initial consultation is all that is required with no follow-up therapy needed. At other times, we may suggest that a referral to another service should be considered.
What you decide to do is entirely your decision.
"Life often gives us diminished things. We need to make them glorious." Naomi Wolf.
How do you make an appointment?
To make an initial consultation appointment, please contact Tracey Johnston, Clinical Director
or email (please click on the email link): email@example.com
Possibilities Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre
31 Jopp's Lane