Many of us hopefully have loved ones that we can engage in supportive discussions with. Unlike the support we may receive from those relationships, therapy withtrained therapists are more structured and focused discussions within evidence based frameworks that have been scientifically found to be effective and helpful. This involves more than just talking about your problems in the hopes that someone will listen and provide solutions or reassurance. It involves reflecting on, challenging and making long lasting changes and growth in the way you feel, think and behave, to promote a emotionally healthier and prosperous life.
There are many forms of therapy which differ in the approaches they take to work with you to make those changes. However, all therapists endeavour to provide a non-judgmental, reliable, safe, accepting and consistent space to work through your problems.
Some forms of therapy involve face to face, one to one discussions, others involve group or couples therapy, and some are suitable for online therapy. Sessions tend to usually run for 50-60 min, but others such as groups or specific interventions may be longer. Initial assessments either run for longer than the one hour or are spread over two or three sessions.
No one therapy will work for everyone. The type of therapy you my choose to engage with or may be suggested to you is dependant on time limitations, availability, the problems you present with or a specific diagnosis, and your preferences. The therapeutic approaches that I work from either individually or as part of an integrative approach are described in the drop down menu – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Enhanced (Eating Disorders), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, EMDR and Schema Therapy.
No one therapist will work from all perspectives, so it is important to find the therapist and approach which may work best for you, as well as someone whom you feel you can develop a good therapeutic relationships with.