You meet privately with a male or female therapist in a safe, confidential, and non-judgemental environment.
The relationship with your therapist is one of mutual respect and honesty which enables you to talk about thoughts and feelings that are affecting you. You may need short term work to focus on specific issues; or open ended longer term work.
Brief Intervention : 6-12 Sessions
Brief Intervention helps those who have a good idea of their difficulty and are ready for change. Therapy is mostly focused in the ‘here & now’ and is suitable for a range of mild to moderate issues, for example, reactive low mood, anxiety with known trigger and behavioural management. Sessions are goal focused, have a pscho-educational component and will take a more cognitive approach such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) or SFT (Solution Focused Therapy). These approaches have a collaborative and directive style, where agendas are agreed jointly by the client and the therapist.
Medium Term Therapy : 12 – 25 sessions
Medium term therapy might be necessary for those that cannot identify the cause of their difficulty or have been struggling for some time. Some conditions might require more than a brief intervention, for example ongoing Low Mood, Generalised Anxiety, OCD, ADHD and Self Harm. Sessions will explore the ‘here & now’ and also historical factors and although may still have a largely cognitive feel there may also be a more psychodynamic aspect to the work. Sessions will be collaborative and directive and the work will still have a general sense of a beginning, middle and end, though there may be less of a focus on specific goals.
Long Term Therapy : 25 sessions to 3 years+
For chronic and ongoing issues, long term or ‘depth psychotherapy’ will be required. Sessions are more client-led (or collaborative) and will not be focused on a specific fixed outcome; indeed the outcome might be to provide ongoing support and to reduce harm (to self). Longer term therapy is appropriate for more complex presentations which have a range of contributing factors; such as trauma, OCD, Eating Disorders, Severe Anxiety and Low Mood and ASD. Sessions tend to be less structured and goal oriented and will have a focus which is equally historical and in the ‘here & now’. Rather than interventions using specific exercises or ‘tools’, ‘depth psychotherapy’ relies on the relationship between client and therapist as the vehicle for change. Through relationship, the client begins to learn to trust ‘the other’, experience validation and develop self esteem, whilst the therapist models positive attachment and healthy relating.
• Please note the example presentations listed are used as a general guide to treatment but are by no means an exhaustive list.