What should I expect during my first session?
The first session is really about getting to know each other and seeing if this is the right fit on both sides. I’ll probably want to know a bit about your overall story, goals you have for yourself and what prompted you to come to counselling - if you don’t quite know yet, that’s also ok.
Is counselling confidential?
Absolutely - within a few legal limits.
Confidentiality is the most important aspect of counselling, as it creates safety for you to share your story. The counselling relationship is so unique in that you are able to share things you may have never shared with anyone before to someone completely unbiased in your life. You can be sure that what is said in our sessions, stays in our sessions.
That being said, there are a few situations when a counsellor is legally bound to break confidentiality:
1) if a child is or may be at risk of abuse or neglect;
2) if you have imminent intent to harm yourself or someone else;
3) if my clinical records are subpoenaed by a court order.
If you have questions about these limits to confidentiality, please let me know.
What if I can’t afford counselling?
Please let me know prior to our first session. I have a few spaces available for sliding scale clients and totally understand that certain circumstances can make it really difficult to afford counselling services.