Your first session at the North Hampshire Clinic will be a relaxed and informal chat.
You will be offered a cup of tea or coffee and invited to just talk about whatever it is you would like help with. Alternatively, you can opt to be asked some questions, if that makes it easier for you.
At this session you:
- can express any concerns about therapy that you may have,
- ask as many questions as you wish,
- get the opportunity to absorb the environment we will share, and
- gather more information about me and whether I feel like the right therapist for you
If after this session you decide to proceed with therapy, the information that has been gathered from this session will become the start of a thorough assessment. The assessment process may take a further one or two sessions, or up to four if you are a couple. It is necessary to gather lots of information to better understand your situation. Assessment sessions for couples will usually require the couple to be seen individually as well as together.
During the assessment, you will be asked questions about your health, medical history, lifestyle, childhood, adolescence, family background, beliefs, past and present relationships and sexual functioning, plus any traumas or significant events in your life which may be contributing to your current problems.
Please rest assured that at no time would you ever be asked to undress or carry out any intimate tests or exercises within the therapy environment. If it is ascertained that you require any physical tests or examinations, you will be referred to your GP. Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy is a talking therapy and any necessary intimate exercises would be assigned for you to do in the privacy of your own home.