Your first therapy session

online

The next step

Some information about the first online counselling/psychotherapy session. Entering therapy will require a commitment from you. This page may help you understand what is involved in the first session and what to expect. The free session gives you the freedom to spend the time to develop an impression about the service with no obligation; you have bee n given the time to help you make the right choice as far as it is possible to do so. The first few sessions of therapy is normally an important time for you to be evaluating your connection the therapist and to try and discover if this online service is what you feel will help you find what you need. I am not able to feel what you feel or think how you think so I am always looking in from the outside trying to understand your world as you see it and that can take time for me to build a perception of who you are. Everyone’s therapy experience is different. How long the therapy will last is dependent on many factors. You may have issues that are quite complex, or a comparatively straightforward problem that you want to address. Some therapy is very short term, while some may be long term depending on the hurt and pain experienced and the individual’s ability to make changes. I need to ask some simple questions about your general physical and mental health and to try and understand if you have a level of acceptable understanding in regard to using the technology involved such as working with Skype and using a computer in general. Please remember that this is just a first session and not an interrogation.

The Session

I will let you lead the way and give you some time to talk about any aspect of your life you want to, this is about you trying to find out if you feel able to engage with me at a level you feel is beneficial to you and at a pace you feel is comfortable. Therapy may not always feel like a good experience, this could be from sad memories and intense emotions that may surface during the session or after the session has ended. This is normal in therapy and I will endeavour to guide you through this process. It is perfectly OK to only talk about subjects that you feel you are able to talk about, you always have the control to talk about your life when you want to and in your time frame. There is nothing wrong if you don’t want to talk about an experience in life or talk about something you find upsetting until you have built up the necessary level of trust and that may take time.

General Health Questions

I need to understand your psychological needs and any physical problems that have an emotional or physical impact on your psychological well being. The mind and body are one entity, physical issues will effect the psychological part of you and vice versa, any physical problem such as an over or under active thyroid or diabetes can have an influence on how you think and feel, problems such as constant pain can effect sleep patterns and impact on depression and other concerns. How is your overall physical health and do you have any concerns? Have you had any tests for thyroid disease or diabetes? Have you had a physical check up with your Doctor in the last 12 months? Do you have an on-going physical problem that relates to: heart problems, high or low blood pressure? Do you suffer from epilepsy? Do you take any prescribed medication? Do you have any constant pain in your body? Do have problems sleeping? Do you take recreational drugs such as cannabis or cocaine or any others? Have you ever taken cannabis or cocaine or any other drugs? Do you drink alcohol and how often? Do you eat well, how good or bad is your diet? How much coffee and cola or energy drinks do you intake per day? Do you do any sports or exercise? How active are you in general?

Mental Health Questions

Have you ever been diagnosed with a serious mental health problem such as bipolar or any psychological disorder by a mental health professional? Have you been diagnosed with a depressive illness? Does anyone in your family have depression or any other psychological diagnosed problems? Have you had any serious thoughts about killing yourself now or in the past? Do you self harm or have you done so in the past? Have you ever been treated for or had an issue with  alcohol or drug addiction? Do you have any phobias? Do you experience panic attacks? Is there any thing I should know about your mental health that you have not told me?         For females only Do you suffer from hormonal imbalances. Are you pregnant or could you be pregnant?

Technology Questions

Computers use programs such as a web browsers, email programs and other software. There is a need to protect our computers and software from Internet threats, viruses and malware are a constant problem. Do you feel confident using the technology involved to access therapy over the Internet? Do you know what an anti-virus and firewall program are and do you use them to protect your computer? Do you keep the operating system and other programs updated? Does any person other than you have access to your account on the computer or any device you use for online therapy? Do you have a strong password protecting your personal account that is hard to guess and does anyone else know it? Do you feel confident in protecting your Skype account password and other account information from friends partners and family? Please be aware that if you have poor hearing you may not realise how loud the speakers may be, that's why I normally suggest using a headset for security and privacy.

Confidentiality

All counsellors have supervision where they discuss their work. The emphasis is on the counsellor’s work and how they can improve it. I will not identify you and keep any personal information to a minimum. Everything you tell me I will keep confidential to the counselling service and my own independent counselling supervisor, except where: You indicate a serious intention to harm yourself or someone else. You tell me you or other people are involved in terrorist activities. You tell me that you are engaged in current child abuse or are a serious risk to vulnerable adults or children. whether it involves you or someone else; all counsellors are bound by law to break your confidentiality, for example, if ordered to do so by a court of law. I do not keep detailed session notes of our work together. I will keep some simple information regarding your name Skype name and e-mail address. All information is encrypted and kept securely and in an anonymous form, and they remain confidential. Important Boundaries It is important that both you and I are on time for our appointments andgive as much notice as possible if you need to cancel. If you are late for an appointment, the session will still finish at the original appointed time. I may refuse to go ahead with a session if you are clearly under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you need to take a break of more than two weeks I will need to be informed and your counselling will be suspended until you are ready to resume. Therapists are not allowed to give you any kind of personal care, for example: Seeing you on a personal basis that is not part of your therapy or helping you to take medicines. We are not allowed to enter into any kind of financial partnerships or personal relationship. I cannot give financial or legal advice and medical health or mental health diagnosis. These boundaries are important for you, they are there to protect you're well being. You understand that any information will only be used in conjunction with the services of this counselling / hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy Service and will not be given to any other person or organisation without written consent from you.
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Your first therapy session

online

The next step

Some information about the first online counselling/psychotherapy session. Entering therapy will require a commitment from you. This page may help you understand what is involved in the first session and what to expect. The free session gives you the freedom to spend the time to develop an impression about the service with no obligation; you have bee n given the time to help you make the right choice as far as it is possible to do so. The first few sessions of therapy is normally an important time for you to be evaluating your connection the therapist and to try and discover if this online service is what you feel will help you find what you need. I am not able to feel what you feel or think how you think so I am always looking in from the outside trying to understand your world as you see it and that can take time for me to build a perception of who you are. Everyone’s therapy experience is different. How long the therapy will last is dependent on many factors. You may have issues that are quite complex, or a comparatively straightforward problem that you want to address. Some therapy is very short term, while some may be long term depending on the hurt and pain experienced and the individual’s ability to make changes. I need to ask some simple questions about your general physical and mental health and to try and understand if you have a level of acceptable understanding in regard to using the technology involved such as working with Skype and using a computer in general. Please remember that this is just a first session and not an interrogation.

The Session

I will let you lead the way and give you some time to talk about any aspect of your life you want to, this is about you trying to find out if you feel able to engage with me at a level you feel is beneficial to you and at a pace you feel is comfortable. Therapy may not always feel like a good experience, this could be from sad memories and intense emotions that may surface during the session or after the session has ended. This is normal in therapy and I will endeavour to guide you through this process. It is perfectly OK to only talk about subjects that you feel you are able to talk about, you always have the control to talk about your life when you want to and in your time frame. There is nothing wrong if you don’t want to talk about an experience in life or talk about something you find upsetting until you have built up the necessary level of trust and that may take time.

General Health Questions

I need to understand your psychological needs and any physical problems that have an emotional or physical impact on your psychological well being. The mind and body are one entity, physical issues will effect the psychological part of you and vice versa, any physical problem such as an over or under active thyroid or diabetes can have an influence on how you think and feel, problems such as constant pain can effect sleep patterns and impact on depression and other concerns. How is your overall physical health and do you have any concerns? Have you had any tests for thyroid disease or diabetes? Have you had a physical check up with your Doctor in the last 12 months? Do you have an on-going physical problem that relates to: heart problems, high or low blood pressure? Do you suffer from epilepsy? Do you take any prescribed medication? Do you have any constant pain in your body? Do have problems sleeping? Do you take recreational drugs such as cannabis or cocaine or any others? Have you ever taken cannabis or cocaine or any other drugs? Do you drink alcohol and how often? Do you eat well, how good or bad is your diet? How much coffee and cola or energy drinks do you intake per day? Do you do any sports or exercise? How active are you in general?

Mental Health Questions

Have you ever been diagnosed with a serious mental health problem such as bipolar or any psychological disorder by a mental health professional? Have you been diagnosed with a depressive illness? Does anyone in your family have depression or any other psychological diagnosed problems? Have you had any serious thoughts about killing yourself now or in the past? Do you self harm or have you done so in the past? Have you ever been treated for or had an issue with  alcohol or drug addiction? Do you have any phobias? Do you experience panic attacks? Is there any thing I should know about your mental health that you have not told me?         For females only Do you suffer from hormonal imbalances. Are you pregnant or could you be pregnant?

Technology Questions

Computers use programs such as a web browsers, email programs and other software. There is a need to protect our computers and software from Internet threats, viruses and malware are a constant problem. Do you feel confident using the technology involved to access therapy over the Internet? Do you know what an anti-virus and firewall program are and do you use them to protect your computer? Do you keep the operating system and other programs updated? Does any person other than you have access to your account on the computer or any device you use for online therapy? Do you have a strong password protecting your personal account that is hard to guess and does anyone else know it? Do you feel confident in protecting your Skype account password and other account information from friends partners and family? Please be aware that if you have poor hearing you may not realise how loud the speakers may be, that's why I normally suggest using a headset for security and privacy.

Confidentiality

All counsellors have supervision where they discuss their work. The emphasis is on the counsellor’s work and how they can improve it. I will not identify you and keep any personal information to a minimum. Everything you tell me I will keep confidential to the counselling service and my own independent counselling supervisor, except where: You indicate a serious intention to harm yourself or someone else. You tell me you or other people are involved in terrorist activities. You tell me that you are engaged in current child abuse or are a serious risk to vulnerable adults or children. whether it involves you or someone else; all counsellors are bound by law to break your confidentiality, for example, if ordered to do so by a court of law. I do not keep detailed session notes of our work together. I will keep some simple information regarding your name Skype name and e-mail address. All information is encrypted and kept securely and in an anonymous form, and they remain confidential. Important Boundaries It is important that both you and I are on time for our appointments andgive as much notice as possible if you need to cancel. If you are late for an appointment, the session will still finish at the original appointed time. I may refuse to go ahead with a session if you are clearly under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you need to take a break of more than two weeks I will need to be informed and your counselling will be suspended until you are ready to resume. Therapists are not allowed to give you any kind of personal care, for example: Seeing you on a personal basis that is not part of your therapy or helping you to take medicines. We are not allowed to enter into any kind of financial partnerships or personal relationship. I cannot give financial or legal advice and medical health or mental health diagnosis. These boundaries are important for you, they are there to protect you're well being. You understand that any information will only be used in conjunction with the services of this counselling / hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy Service and will not be given to any other person or organisation without written consent from you.
All copyrights reserved. Online Therapy Services

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