Therapy – what to expect

Step one – your assessment

All individuals entering into therapy will have an initial assessment with their psychologist who will take a history of your presenting problems and relevant past history. This will include exploration of your mood, thoughts and feelings, life events that may have impacted upon these and current stressors that may be maintaining your difficulties.

Gathering this information is an important part of the therapeutic process.  It allows an identification of goals to be set and helps you to identify the issues that you would like to work on.

Gaining a better understanding of your difficulties will be used as the basis for identifying your on-going therapy needs. On occasion, areas identified in the assessment process will require an alternative approach not covered by the assessor and an onward referral may be advised. Where possible this will be with one of our other team members, but where this is not possible we will do our best to support you to find the most appropriate service.

An initial assessment can take 1-3 sessions, depending upon the complexity of the presenting issues.

More specialist assessments, such as neuropsychological assessments and child cognitive assessments may take longer.

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Step two – your therapy

Following on from your assessment, where you and your psychologist will have worked on gaining an understanding about the difficulties you are facing, you will move onto therapy.

Appointments are 50 minutes and can be anything from weekly to monthly, depending on your individual circumstances.

There are many different types of therapy available to you and you will have had a discussion with your psychologist about the approach that will be most suited to your needs. Some therapies will focus on the here and now and will help you to problem solve the issues that are holding you back in your day to day life, others may take you back to previous life events, such as trauma, that have had a long term impact upon your well being.

Whichever course of therapy you decide upon, by the end you should have a clearer understanding about your own thinking and behaviour, a better ability to understand and resolve your problems and an improvement in your quality of life.

It is possible that during the course of therapy issues may be identified that change the course of therapy. Where possible this will be managed by your current psychologist, but there may be occasions when an onward referral is advised and we will support you with this process.

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