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.
We offer a free confidential 15 minute telephone consultation so that you we can advise of the right pathway for you.
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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.Book a free consultation
As a first step, we will usually carry out a free 15 telephone consultation with our clinical pathway co-ordinator to understand what will be the right route for you and book you in for an initial assessment. Then we carry out an initial assessment appointment with one of our therapists in order that we can find out a little more about your particular issue. These appointments are typically 50-60 minutes in length and initial assessment reports outlining your presenting issue and recommendations are then usually provided to you and, with your permission, the relevant health professionals.
You will meet with your therapist to begin the chosen therapy. Each therapy session is usually 50 minutes in length. The exact number and frequency of sessions will depend on your particular circumstances and varies from person to person. Reviews of your progress will take place regularly to ensure you and your therapist are on track to meet the agreed goals.
As you start to improve, you can agree changes to the frequency of sessions as required. Ultimately, there will be a time when both you and your therapist agree that you no longer need to continue in active therapy. However, it can be reassuring to know that you can always come back to see your therapist for an occasional progress review or if you feel you need a ‘booster’ session after a particular set-back. You can even come back for another short course of therapy to help consolidate a new positive perspective or commitment.