THE THERAPY PROCESS

INITIAL ASSESSMENT

All therapy starts with a detailed assessment of your difficulties in the context of your life and wider circumstances. I will ask you various questions and may ask you to complete one or more standard questionnaires.

An assessment usually takes between one and two sessions. At the end of the assessment, having established your needs and goals, we will draw up a formulation of your difficulties and discuss whether therapy would be helpful.

We will then explore different treatment options (i.e. different therapy approaches) and I will give you an idea how long therapy is likely to last. I will also provide you with a detailed report (normally 1-2 pages long), which summarises the findings of the assessment.

THERAPY

I am trained and able to use a wide range on specialist psychological therapy approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Interpersonal Psychological Therapy (IPT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and trauma focused Cognitive Therapy (tfCT). Which approach we will be using will depend on the nature of your difficulties, your situation and your preferences.

Therapy sessions occur on a weekly basis and last approximately 50 minutes. I will guide the treatment and format of the sessions, asking questions, presenting ideas and psychological knowledge. I will also introduce exploratory exercises and encourage you to complete these outside of our sessions.

Progress towards your goals for therapy is monitored continually and openly shared. The ultimate aim is for you to become the expert at understanding and managing your own difficulties, both now and in the future.

LEAVING THERAPY

I adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and I therefore aim to offer as few sessions as necessary in order for you to reach your therapy goals.

The decision of when and how to end therapy, however, will always be taken jointly with you. I will also take your funding circumstances into account.

A formal ending session will be arranged, during which you will receive a closing folder containing relevant documents and diagrams from our time in therapy. The folder will also contain a summary of the therapeutic process that can be referred to later on, as well as a detailed end of therapy report.