What Is An Introductory Session?

Asking for help is never easy. Making the decision to seek professional help can seem daunting. I aim to make this process as easy as possible.

The most important factor for success in counselling is the relationship between the client and the counsellor. It is vital to find a counsellor that you feel safe and comfortable with. I feel the only way to know if you’re going to feel safe and comfortable with me, is to meet me and have a chat about what is going on for you. This is what an introductory session is for.

Do I have to sign up for a number of sessions?

No. An introductory session has no obligation for further sessions. At the end of the session, we will spend a few minutes discussing the best way forward for you. You may decide to return for regular sessions, or you might decide not to return. You can of course, take some time after the session to decide. It’s in your control.

Is it confidential?

Yes. The same confidentiality rules apply to an introductory session. To read more about confidentiality in a counselling session see my blog post here.

How long is an introductory session?

An introductory session lasts 50 minutes – exactly the same length as a regular counselling session.

What information do I need to provide?

Nothing. To book an introductory session I simply need your name, a contact number/email and the payment. You do not need to provide any information and you don’t need a medical referral. During the session, we will discuss your situation and I will ask relevant questions, but it’s up to you how much information you wish to share.

How much does it cost?

Introductory sessions are charged at the same rate as regular sessions. You can find my fees here.

How do I book an introductory session?

All you need to do is send me a message. You can do this through my contact form, or via email (counselling@willow-tree-counselling.co.uk) or you can phone/text me on 07496 784 532.