Thank you for getting in contact with me. It can often take a lot of courage to take the first step of contacting a therapist. I have put together this information sheet to let you know what you can expect in your first session with me. I have also includes additional information with regards to confidentiality, fees, how to pay, directions for finding me and parking. Please let me know if there is anything that I have not included that you would like to know.
About the first appointment
It is natural to be feeling apprehensive about your first therapy appointment. My aim is to help you to feel as comfortable as possible. I intend to do this by, discussing how I work, by give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have and for me to allow you the space to reflect on the issues that have brought you to therapy. I want to let you know that you only need to talk about what you feel comfortable disclosing. It is important that you are able to move at a pace that feels right for you. The first appointment is an chance for us to begin to get to know one another and an opportunity for us to gain a sense as to whether we feel that I am the right person to help you work on your issues. The first appointment also gives me an indication as to whether counselling is the right kind of service for you at this moment in time or whether an alternative form of support may be more suited. This initial session is charged at my usual appointment fee of £50. Please allow 60 minutes for your session.
What you say in Counselling is generally confidential. However, there are a few exceptions to this which will be explained in more detail at the start of the initial session.
I charge £50 for a 60 minute appointment.
You can pay by cash, cheque or a bank transfer.
If you are making payment by cheque or cash this would be made at the end of each appointment. However, if you are paying by bank transfer this needs to be made 12 hours prior to the session. My bank details are: Melanie Hudson 20-25-95 73179478
I am aware that occasionally something unexpected happens that mean you might need to cancel or rearrange one of your appointments. If this did occur I would be grateful if you could give me a minimum of 48 hours notice. Cancellations of less than forty eight hours but more than twenty four hours will incur a fee of £25 and cancellations of less than twenty four hours, or none attendance, will be charged at the regular session rate of £50. This is because at these points in time it is highly unlikely that I will be able to refill the slot. I hope you can appreciate this.