At this session you:
- can express any concerns about therapy that you may have,
- ask as many questions as you wish,
- get the opportunity to absorb the environment we will share, and
- gather more information about us and whether you feel you have the right therapist for you.
If after this session you decide to proceed with therapy, the information that has been gathered from this session will form the start of a thorough assessment. The assessment process may take a further one or two sessions, or up to four if you are a couple. It is necessary to gather lots of information to better understand your situation. Assessment sessions for couples will usually require the couple to be seen individually as well as together.
During the assessment, you will be asked questions about your health, medical history, lifestyle, childhood, adolescence, family background, beliefs, past and present relationships and sexual functioning, plus any traumas or significant events in your life which may be contributing to your current problems.
If it is ascertained that you require any physical tests or examinations, you will be referred to your GP.