It is not possible to bring a friend or partner into the counselling session.
This is because you will need to be able to speak freely about whatever issues you want to talk about. However close you might be to the other person you might find you have to censor yourself in order to protect their feelings or to hide aspects of yourself from them.
However, I recognise that for some people, coming to see a counsellor for the first time might come with a lot of anxiety. Under these circumstances, it will normally be OK for you to bring along someone for moral support on the first time we meet if that feels important to you. They will be able to join you for the first part of our initial session while we talk through the preliminaries and I will be happy to answer any questions they might have as well. However, I will have to ask them to leave when it is time for you to start talking about yourself.
Please note that in the rooms where I normally practice there will not be anywhere for them to wait inside the building.
I do not offer couples counselling at this time but this may change in the future.