Our clients come to us with various issues and expectations. They are often not sure what kind of help and what specialist they need (a psychologist, a psychotherapist, a psychiatrist, a nutrition specialist or a coach). For that reason, the first meeting with the client is always an initial consultation. The goal of the initial consultation is to get to know each other, define difficulties, define if and how we may support the client, propose methods of working.
As every initial action, the initial consultation is followed by further steps. Depending on the situation, the steps may include:
Initial psychological consultation is the first meeting or several meetings of the psychologist with the client. During those meetings, we discuss the issues that brought the client to our office, why they decided to seek aid at this very moment, what problems or difficulties they face and what they expect to achieve during the therapy. In the course of those meetings we get to know each other better. The client has an opportunity to learn about the method in which the therapist works and ask any questions they may have. The client decides whether he or she wants to work with this therapist or seek another specialist that would better suit their needs. The therapist discusses his or her methods of work and what is possible to reach during psychotherapy and what is not. The therapist discusses also practical aspects of the therapy, eg. frequency and duration of meetings, his or her remuneration or methods of cancelling the sessions. The therapist also answers the questions the client may ask. Together with the client they define issues to deal with during the upcoming meetings and agree on further work. It may happen that after the initial consultation the client decides not to enter into further psychotherapeutic work or the therapist is not able to help the client in the issues they brought up. In such situation, the psychologist proposes other solutions to the client: names other specialists with appropriate expertise, aid centres and institutions, free aid centres, etc.
At the Psycholodzy Cynamonowa Centre, you may make the appointment for the first meeting – initial consultation with the following specialists: