What do I do when I get there?
Remember it’s Our job to make you feel comfortable so on your first visit, we will just want to chat and get to know you, who you really are what you really want and what has been bugging you. Your Job is to be open and get to know us as well….it’s just plain weird otherwise and no one feels comfortable.
Our Job is to make you feel comfortable and safe which means you are in charge, if you don’t feel like talking about something guess what…we won’t!
Sometimes you can have your parent come in sometimes not and that is also OK. If you just want to talk to us yourself, parents stay out. You can have a parent/carer come in with you if this helps you to feel more comfortable.
The best part is whatever you say to us stays with us. The only time that will be different is if we are worried about You or someone you love. We will always talk to you about this first though so your confidence in us is not broken.
DO I go more than once?
Most of the time Yes. After the first visit a plan will be organised with you and we will work on solving whatever problem has been agreed too together to help you to start to feel better. You might have regular appointments over a number of weeks. Sometimes you might have to set goals or keep a track of your feelings between visits (we will teach you first how to do this).
Sometimes young people think that getting help is crazy or weird but it’s the opposite. Imagine if you broke your arm, you would expect that a professional like a doctor would help you to heal your arm (x-ray it, put it in a cast, check it after a few weeks, remove it, etc.) Your mental health is no different everyone has problems from time to time, and it's smart to take charge and work them out.
It’s really really important that you feel good with your Psychologists or Counsellor and it’s OK to try a few before you find the right fit with one. If you don't believe you can work with a Psychologists or Counsellor, tell them so that they can help you find someone who is better to work with for you.
Still unsure? Why not give us a quick call and have a chat on (07) 55207705.