The Choice Appointment

Choice appointments are the first contact the person has with the service. The aims of the Choice appointment are to build the Therapeutic Alliance, Shared Decision Making and uses principles from single session therapy by:

The Choice philosophy is that the service user experience is central. We should use our expertise to facilitate rather than to dominate, to grow a Therapeutic Alliance rather than stifle it. As a part of this we ensure we offer several practical choices:

Before coming to the service they are given:

When they are with us they are given:

Practice Point: Choices are, of course, constrained! It is our duty as professionals to ensure safety so people cannot choose something that is dangerous or ineffective. Nor can they choose something that is not available - but you may have a conversation about gaps in service and other places they may be able to go.