One of the most important things contributing to effective progress in therapy is the connection/rapport the client has with the counsellor. For that reason, it helps significantly to spend some time getting acquainted. I offer a no-fee consultation of 20-30 minutes. A first session can be as short or as long as the client wants. If the client is committed and eager to get started on resolving issues, they often choose a 3-hr first session. This is what that may look like:
These timeframes are approximate; they may be quite systematic, or all the information points may just flow through each other.
We may also do one or more relevant questionnaires in the course of those 3 hours.
Typically Dr. Reimer does not charge a fee for the hour of orientation – at the same time, if the client wants to contribute monies to it, Dr. Sam is open to that. So, some clients contribute the full hourly fee, others a portion, and some are OK with just paying for the two hours. There are absolutely no obligations re a contribution to the hour of orientation.
Dr. Reimer's philosophy is simple - if you and he are not a good fit for the counselling you are seeking, he will gladly refer you to another counsellor with whom you may connect better. Find out in a free consultation with Dr. Sam.