What to do next?
If you have decided to try counselling and not sure what to do next, here are a few tips:
Prior to the appointment:
- The first step is for us to have an informal chat over the phone. This will enable you to share your concerns, ask any questions, and for me to see if I can help you.
- You can contact me by phone, text or email. Due to the nature of my work, I am not always able to answer a telephone call, so please leave a voicemail or text message and I will call you back: it is a confidential service. I aim to respond to all messages within 24 hours (excluding weekends).
- I will then arrange a suitable time for you to have a free 15-minute telephone consultation.
- If we then agree to go ahead, I will arrange your first counselling appointment and send you all the details.
At the first session:
- I will ask you a few questions about what has brought you to counselling. This will be an opportunity for you to openly talk about whatever is on your mind. It’s natural to be nervous about this and there is no right or wrong way. I will however aim to make it feel as safe and comfortable for you as possible.
- We will also discuss how we would work together and any practical details such as confidentiality, number of sessions and fees.
- If you decide at this stage that counselling is right for you, we would arrange another appointment. If however you are not sure, there is no obligation to continue.
- The session will last 50 minutes.
To secure your first appointment, I require full payment 24 hours before the appointment. If this is not possible, we can discuss an alternative.
My name is Nabeelah Khan-Cheema and I’m a counsellor and psychotherapist. However, before I became a therapist I worked as an Orthoptist (eyes) in the NHS, for over 30 years. So, how did I get from Orthoptics to a career in counselling? Read More…