It is important to choose a coach / counsellor you can work with and trust. The better the relationship between you and your coach / counsellor, the more you are likely to benefit from your sessions.
Initial phone call or meeting.
When you have found a potential coach / counsellor it is a good idea to talk to them on the telephone or meet for half an hour. You can find out whether the coach / counsellor feels able to help you with your problem and discuss practical matters such as whether they have appointments at a time and place that suits you and how much the session will cost. A phone conversation will also give you a sense of what the coach / counsellor is like and whether you would feel comfortable working with them.
Meeting the coach / counsellor
You can meet your first choice of coach / counsellor for a single session to talk about what you are looking for from coaching / counselling and find out about their training and experience. This will help you to decide whether they are the right coach / counsellor for you. Feel free to ask questions or ask for more information before you make up your mind.
Before agreeing to see a particular coach / counsellor, ask yourself:
- Would I feel comfortable telling them about intimate details of my life?
- Do I feel safe with them?
- Do I like their manner towards me?
- Could I be completely open with them?
- Many people don’t find the right coach / counsellor first time. If this happens to you, it is not your fault. You have already decided you would benefit from therapy, so it is worth trying again.