Our working Agreement
Many therapists agree a 'contract' with their clients. Whilst I don't use the work 'contract', I do seek to find an agreed way of working together, so that we are both clear about what we can expect of and from each other. As we begin, it is essential to establish a mutually agreed understanding of how we may best work together in ways you find most helpful.
Initial meetings can involve the sharing of a lot of practical information and it may not always be easy to remember it all, especially if you have been feeling anxious or distressed. In our discussion I will give you a verbal overview of the arrangements.
Please take the time to carefully read and sign the working agreement.
If you have any questions about it these can be discussed and clarified at any meeting. Your informed agreement is particularly important; therapy depends on your feeling free of all coercion and having confidence, as you face the issues of importance to you, that you are being supported in ways that are fitting for you.
What are your preferences for how we work together?
This question is an important one at the start of working together in counselling, but it is not always an easy one to answer, especially if this is a new experience for you. Part of my role is to explore it with you.
An online preference questionnaire has been developed by Mick Cooper and John Norcross, two therapy researchers with a particular interest in how therapy can best fit us as individuals. This way of approaching therapy does not suit everyone, but please ask me if it interests you. The questionnaire may help you to clarify your own preferences for how we work together.
'Before anything else, preparation is the key to success'.
Alexander Graham Bell.