We offer an initial telephone assessment to give you the opportunity to talk about your presenting issues, to discover if Sage is right for you and to assess your eligibility for counselling with Sage.
The questions below will help the assessment counsellor understand your presenting issues and start providing appropriate counselling. Sometimes the assessment can be carried out in the home if the client has hearing difficulties.
Questions likely to be asked during assessment
How do you feel about seeing a counsellor face to face and would you be willing to agree with your counsellor about how to maintain both yours and the counsellors safety?
Have you ever had counselling before? If yes, what was it for?
What has brought you to want counselling now?
What do you hope for from these counselling sessions?
What support network do you have; i.e. partner, relatives, social services?
Is anyone dependent on you; i.e. elderly, family?
How is your health?
Are you on any medication? If yes, are there any side effects?
Do you drink alcohol or take any non-prescription drugs?
Have you ever been linked to mental health services?
Have you ever hurt yourself or attempted suicide?
Is there anything else that you would like me to know?