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What to expect

 

NaturalGrowth Childhood Counselling is a space:

  • to be heard without judgement

  • where all emotions are ok

  • to discover and build on your strengths

  • to grow even if you have experienced grief and loss

  • to connect 

  • to nurture yourself and loved ones

Unsure what this whole counselling thing is all about? Read on...

 

It is normal to feel a range of emotions when seeking counselling support, especially if it is the first time you have done so. Some people feel nervous or worried about what they might say or what the counsellor might think of them. Others feel excitement and relief at having the opportunity to be heard. Whatever feelings you experience are okay and I will do my best to help you feel comfortable.

 

Once you have made your first appointment, I will email you the Terms and Consent form to look over.  If there is anything you are unsure about or don't understand, you are welcome to ask. If you are seeking counselling for your child, both parents being aware of and agreeing to this is encouraged where possible.

We will discuss your reason for seeking counselling followed by questions about how your life (or your child's) is currently being impacted in terms of physical health, sleep, diet, mood, enjoyment of activities, behaviour, school / work and connecting with others. I will ask you what you might hope to achieve from our time together. I will ask more questions in our first session than future sessions because they form the foundation of knowing how best to proceed; what might already be working, even a little bit and they give glimpses as to what your strengths are.

Depending on your needs and preference, future sessions might be mainly talking, or they might involve art and craft materials, toys, games and play, mindfulness and grounding / calming strategies, physical movement activities or writing. Sometimes I will invite you to practice a strategy we have explored between sessions as practice increases the chance of progress.

We will work together to find what the best fit for you and/or your child might be. I won't be offended if you tell me you don't want to do an activity or strategy I might suggest. You will always have the option to choose what you do and don't want to answer or talk about. Any questions you have will be welcome.