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What to expect from your first 20-minute chat

Updated: Nov 22, 2023

Starting your counselling journey can be a significant step toward positive change and personal growth. I understand that the initial 20-minute chat can be a bit nerve-wracking, so here is a little guide to help you know what to expect during this first conversation:

Welcome and introduction

The moment we connect, you'll be greeted with a warm welcome. I strive to create a safe and non-judgmental space for you to share your thoughts and feelings. During this time, I’ll introduce myself, sharing a bit about myself and the therapy service I offer.

Getting to Know You

This is your time to share as much or as little as you're comfortable with—your background, current challenges, and the goals you hope to achieve through counselling.

Preferences and modalities

I understand the importance of comfort in the counselling process. We'll discuss your preferences, including whether you prefer in-person sessions or online counselling.


Your privacy is a top priority. I’ll provide a clear explanation of what confidentiality in therapy means and I’ll also discuss any limits to confidentiality to ensure transparency.

Goals and expectations

Together, we'll explore your goals for counselling and what you hope to achieve.

Scheduling and logistics

Practical details matter. We'll discuss scheduling, session frequency, and any administrative aspects.

Q&A and clarifications

This is your time to ask questions! Please ask for any clarification on any aspects of the counselling process, including my therapeutic approach, session structure, and anything else on your mind.

Next steps

As we wrap up our 20-minute chat, if both you and I feel comfortable, we'll outline the next steps for scheduling a full counselling session.

Remember, this initial chat is about finding out more about my therapy service, addressing any concerns you may have, and ensuring that you feel supported as you consider taking the next steps in your counselling journey.

And if you have any further questions, please get in touch!

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