Questions About Beginning Counselling, with Damien Haigh

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How are clients referred for counselling with you?

I accept self-referrals from private clients, or referrals from GP practices, other health or social care practitioners, corporate organisations, and employee assistance programmes (EAP).

What should I do if I think I want to have counselling?

A good ‘first step’ is to look at some listings of counsellors working in your local area, such as www.counselling-directory.org.uk or www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk/therapists/ (these links will open in a new tab or new window of your internet browser).

You can then contact some of these counsellors, and find out what they offer, before deciding on who you would prefer to work with. If you decide that you would be interested in working with me, the next step is to contact me by telephone or e-mail.

You can find my pages at Damien’s page on BACP Find a Therapist, and Damien’s page on Counselling-Directory (these links will open in a new tab or new window on your browser).

What happens when I make a telephone call for further information, or to book my first counselling session?

I appreciate that it can be daunting to make the first step when you are first thinking of having counselling. I would like to assure you of an understanding and respectful response if you choose to contact me.

During this initial telephone call, we can make a start on discussing your needs from counselling, and I can answer any questions which you have about counselling.

After the telephone call, if you have decided that you would like to come for an initial meeting, I will also send you a letter or e-mail giving further information, and confirming the date and time of your appointment for an initial meeting of 50 minutesí length.

What happens at my first counselling session?

The first introductory session of fifty minutes will allow us to get to know each other, discuss your needs, and help you to decide if counselling is for you. I will be happy to explain how I work, or to answer any questions which you may have.

On arrival, please speak to the receptionist. You will then be asked to take a seat, and I will collect you at the appointed time.

I will offer you a friendly and professional welcome, and we can then start to find out more about each other. I will encourage you to discuss your concerns, and to outline what you want to achieve from your counselling, so that we can consider how I can help you with your difficulties. I will also willingly answer any questions you may have about counselling, or my way of working. We can also discuss the terms and conditions under which we will agree to work, or anything else you may feel unsure about.

Sometimes, it requires two meetings to gather all the information we need, but after this you can decide if counselling can help you and whether you think we can work together. You may feel able to decide at the initial meeting, but you are also free to go away and think about it if you wish.

The BACP has created a useful information sheet which can be downloaded free from their “It’s Good to Talk” website What happens in your first session with your therapist? (which will open in a new tab or new window on your browser).

What happens after my first counselling session?

If you decide that you would like to have further counselling sessions, and that you would like to work with me, then we can progress on to having regular weekly sessions. We can book your appointments on a week-by-week basis.


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Posted: 27 September 2016.

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