What happens at my first therapy appointment?
The initial appointment is an assessment session is around 60 minutes and during this appointment, you will be asked to describe the difficulties you are experiencing.
We will discuss the issues affecting you/ your family or your child at the current time, together with any relevant background information/history. You will be asked about a number of different areas of your life but there is no obligation to talk about anything you are not comfortable with.
Once we have discussed the issues in more depth, we can develop a joint understanding and discuss then plan the next steps including a treatment plan.
For assessments for young people, adolescents may decide to attend this assessment alone, or with someone whilst we always advise that a parent/ guardian is present for assessments for younger children.
For adults, we will discuss in advance if you would like to bring someone with you to the assessment. Some adults choose to bring a partner, friend, or close relative.
Once we have discussed our recommended plan, you can decide if you would like another appointment. For some clients, an assessment can be a one-off appointment in order to help them understand their difficulties and/or gain a professional opinion. Others may choose to proceed to therapy but there is no obligation to have further sessions.
A written summary of your assessment (sometimes called an assessment report), including the treatment plan, will be provided and with your consent, we will also send a copy to your GP.