My final clients for the day were due at 5.00pm. They were new clients attending for an
I don't charge for this first meeting as I feel that this is an opportunity for the client to see
if they feel comfortable working with me, ask any questions that they might have and for
me to get an idea of the issues they are facing and explain about the counselling process.
Considering a separation
This couple arrived looking very anxious and after seating them and going through the
confidentiality and boundary issues to which they agreed, I learnt that they were
considering separation after the husband had been repeatedly unfaithful over a number of
years. The wife had recently discovered his latest affair and had asked that they both attend
counselling as a last resort before they divorce.
The husband was flippant and used humour throughout the assessment. And at this stage I
was not sure whether this was due to nerves or a lack of desire for the process to work.
I agreed to meet with them both for a counselling session tomorrow, after they had both
thought about whether counselling was right for them, and whether the husband wanted to
engage with the process or was just attending the sessions to keep his wife happy.