What to expect
An appointment (or session) is usually held once a week and is 50 minutes long.
The first few sessions typically focus on gathering sufficient information about the difficulties you are experiencing so that together we can develop a provisional understanding of the various things that may be responsible for maintaining them, allowing us to explore possible treatment goals towards trying to overcome them.
The very first session is a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about therapy, as well as for you to decide whether this feels like a safe and comfortable space for you to discuss and work through your concerns to achieve your treatment goals. In the very first session we will talk about the problems you are experiencing and what you are hoping to gain from therapy, in order to help us decide whether the psychotherapeutic services I am able to offer are well suited to trying to help you deal with these problems. If this service is not suitable, I shall make some suggestions as to what service/s may be better suited for you.
If we decide that my services are suited to your needs and you feel comfortable working with me, then we shall schedule another session to assess and explore your concerns in more detail, before establishing and agreeing to a provisional treatment approach. At this time we may discuss possible goals for therapy, the estimated number sessions that may be required and how often progress should be reviewed. The number of treatment sessions generally depends on the type and severity of the difficulties discussed. For most mild to moderate diffculties, this is likely to range from 6 to 12 sessions.
Subsequent sessions focus more on treatment than assessment, with some time allocated to reviewing your progress towards agreed treatment goals. However, if our joint understanding of the problem changes during the course of treatment or progress is better than or not as expected, we may need to review and possibly adjust the initial treatment plan and goals. It is very likely that you will be given certain tasks or activities to do between treatment sessions to help you achieve your therapeutic goals.
The last session of treatment tends to focus on what you have learned in therapy and how you may use this to maintain your gains going forward. in addition, it will usually involve a more detailed assessment of the progress you have made in therapy, which often requires the completion of similar questionnaires to those completed in the initial assessment session. Sometimes your general practitioner and/or medical insurer will be informed of your progress or when you have been discharged from this services care.
Once therapy ends, the client has their first truly independent opportunity to use (on their own and without the regular support of the therapist) the knowledge and skills gained in therapy, on difficulties they encounter in their everyday lives. However, sometimes this may prove quite challenging to do on ones own, particularly if a number of unexpected events occur shortly after therapy ends. For this reason, it is common practice for the therapist to sometimes schedule a follow-up appointment a number of months after the final treatment session, providing an opportunity to assesses how you are progressing on your own.
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