The first session is free
Why should the first therapy session be free?
Until a therapist meets or can talk to the potential client starting online therapy, it is difficult to assess or check for ethical issues. As a prospective client, you also need the time to get to know your therapist before making any monetary commitment.
It also seems unfair that the client may be expected to pay for a session to find that they do not bond with the therapist. Or are informed by the therapist that they cannot take them on as a client due to a contra indicator and other valid reasons.
That’s why, unlike many therapists, I adhere to a way of working I call the cognizance therapeutic principle, which ratifies that it is unethical to charge for the first therapy session. From that day, I have never have done so.
Questions that may help
The questions found here may help you reflect on yourself and your life, and help me understand what’s important to you. It is perfectly ok if you do not want to do this.
- What’s, is your life like right now?
- Has your life changed much in the last few years?
- How does it feel to be you right now?
- What is your most common thought?
- What stops you, or who is stopping you from making the changes you want to make?
- If you could change your life for the better, what would you change?
- What are your personal goals you hope to achieve with therapy?
- If you could change just one thing about you or your life, what would it be?
- How would you gauge the success of this or keep track of changes, even small ones?
- If you cannot solve this problem or issue, what could you do to help you move forward?
Name four regrets you have about yourself or your life.
Name the worst and best experiences you have had in life.