The client typically meets the consultant once a week for a 50 min to hour-long session. Some clients feel they reached their goals after 3 sessions, some after a year, some work with the consultant for several years on a constant basis to not only reach a certain level but also maintain and continuously improve their mental skills.
In the first stage, the consultant asks a lot of questions (potentially applies paper assessments) to evaluate a client’s situation, This leads to a constructive collaboration with a client.
A client is one who leads most of the conversations. The consultant is one who offers expertise on what / how can affect clients situation. A client reflects on it, and both, the consultant and the client search for an effective solution.
There is a strict rule of confidentiality across all psychological professions. The consultant will keep all the content discussed with the client private unless 1) the client himself would like the consultant to share it, and 2) the consultant needs to protect you or the public from serious harm, child or elderly abuse, or to respond to an order from a court.
Even though, it is undoubtedly better to visit a professional later than never, the most effective mental training happens at a time a client has space for self-exploration, testing mental skills, and practicing them.
If you are not sure when is the right time for you and if the services would be maximized, ask the consultant.
Absolutely not. Working on one’s own potential is a strength. Acknowledging current obstacles, discussing them, and learning new skills is a highly courageous act most likely supporting the fact that you care about what you do and who you are, and are open to new possibilities.
Managing nerves is not the only area you can work on. Improving concentration, strategizing mental/physical recovery, and working on performance enhancement itself are some examples clients like to work on.
In addition to handling the nerves, the problem itself might be just an expression of disbalance in other areas of a client’s mindset or life. The consultant always aims for the big picture.
That’s absolutely worth discussing with the consultant. The work with the consultant can usually be flexible, depending on a situation, possibilities, and your goals.
The consultant will suggest the most effective way for the client how to reach their goals. From there, all is set based on mutual agreement and monitoring effectivity of the current approach.
Absolutely not. The consultant will give you full freedom in terms of what you would like to share with her. In fact, you will be the leader of the discussions for the most part of the consulting process. The consultant-client relationship is solely a relationship of collaboration and mutual respect of boundaries of both.
That being said, opening up might be a step towards self-exploration and acceptance leading to solving a certain situation. The consultant will remind you on that.