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The Initial Consultation:
How Can We Help?

The Initial Consultation ‘taster’ session: Beginning to Connect You with Your Better Future

You might be wondering: is counselling scary? Will it work? Will the counsellor be any good? Is it going to be worth the cost?

It is quite usual for people to be in two minds about starting therapy or counselling. This is one of the reasons why Possibilities offer an ‘initial consultation’ which is a pre-therapy ‘taster’ session, a ‘gentle introductory’ meeting that explores three main areas:

Firstly, it’s a confidential space where you can discuss the issues you would like to address in a safe and supportive way and obtain answers to your initial questions. Many people find this experience very helpful in itself.

Secondly, it’s an opportunity to consider the best next steps: your future possibilities and what actions might be required to move your life forward in your preferred direction. We will also discuss what kinds of therapy might fit best with your needs and circumstances.

Thirdly, you can then make a more informed decision about whether or not you would like to start psychotherapy or counselling, if this is offered. If you do want to go ahead, further meetings can be arranged directly with the psychotherapist.

There is no obligation to accept any suggestions made by our therapists or to commit to any further appointments.

We’ve successfully helped many thousands of people with many different issues, and many of whom wished they’d come to us sooner. Hopefully, we can help you too.

The first step is choosing to take the first ‘taster’ step.

We look forward to meeting you and to serving you well.

“Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be. But what will happen in all the other days that ever come can depend on what you do today.” Ernest Hemingway, Writer.

We aim to see you within one to three weeks from initial contact.

We’re here to help you in non-judgemental, compassionate and effective ways.

What happens at the first meeting?

The ‘initial consultation’ is a “finding out” pre-therapy meeting where you can tell us a little bit about your situation and what you would like to address. Our job is to help you make sense of what is happening and why it is happening, and inform you about how we might help you bring your issues to satisfying conclusions.

Don’t worry. We know you’re not crazy. It might sometimes just feel that way. Please note: we’re not crazy either! The fact is we are all human beings and we all struggle from time to time with various symptoms and problems. No matter how distressing or embarrassing your issues, be assured that confidential, non-judgemental and professional help is at hand.

Toward the end of the initial meeting, we offer our thoughts about what might help move things forward for you. You can then make a more informed decision about what you would like to do next. This might involve arranging another appointment or series of therapy appointments or doing nothing more.

Ultimately, you are the best person to judge what’s right for you. We’re just here to help you along the way. What you decide to do next is entirely your decision.

If, at the end of the initial consultation, you would like to go ahead to the next stage of arranging a therapy appointment, we can then discuss and agree the fee for future appointments with you.

What kinds of concerns are appropriate for an initial consultation meeting?

The initial consultation is for anyone who would like to consult with us about their concerns, challenges, doubts or dilemmas.

Are you struggling with emotions, relationships and life challenges?

Are you feeling stuck and uncertain? Are you experiencing difficulty making sense of yourself, others and your situation? Maybe you’re full of doubt, depression and anxiety and don’t know how to go forward and what kind of help is required?

Whatever the reasons, we’re happy to explore how we might be of help to you.

Who can I bring to the initial consultation?

The initial consultation meeting is usually attended by you alone or by you and your partner if you are coming for relationship counselling. Otherwise, where appropriate, you can bring along a significant other, such as a partner or family member for the introductory part of the session.

How long will the consultation last?

The initial consultation lasts up to 50 minutes.

How many consultation meetings are required?

Usually one initial consultation is all that is required. Our services are built around you specifically. We’ll spend time understanding your needs, helping you clarify you aims and exploring your preferred future.

What is the fee?

The initial consultation comes at a reduced fee of £50. If further therapy meetings are agreed, the fee for these will be established with you in advance. For more information, please see Fees.

How do you make an appointment?

When you contact us directly by telephone or email, after we obtain a few details from you, we will arrange an appointment with you directly. Appointments are available on weekdays: Monday to Friday between 9.00 am to 9.00 pm. The appointment can be booked within these days and times, depending on availability.

To make an initial consultation appointment, please contact Tracey Johnston, Psychotherapist (UKCP reg)/Clinical Director on 07593 768 129 or email us.

What happens after the initial consultation?

If at the end of the initial consultation appointment you would like to go ahead with therapy, we will then arrange a therapy appointment or series of therapy appointments at convenient times for you. On average people require between 4 to 10 therapy appointments. For more challenging problems, usually more meetings are needed.

What Now?

Allow us to reassure you that professional help is at hand. We offer services that aim to reduce the fear and uncertainty about getting help. Arrange an initial consultation ‘taster’ session to discuss your needs, in privacy and comfort, to obtain a sense of how we help and for if this is the right direction for you.