How do i know if my therapist is a good fit?

Psychotherapy can be a highly individual experience. It could take more than one session to feel comfortable with your therapist. We are always here to support you.

As well as your therapist having experience, it is also important to make sure that they are experienced in working with people who don’t have a diagnosis. This is because people with mental health conditions are more likely to experience different issues. This could include:

  • Having a mental health condition themselves
  • Have been through a traumatic event
  • Live with a family member or friend with a mental health condition

The experience of a person with a mental health condition is important to the way they experience the therapy. They may be more open to the therapist’s suggestions or more likely to share their feelings and experience.

What does a typical therapy session involve?

Our goal is to help you understand your emotions and develop a plan to address issues that are causing you distress.

The first step is to discuss your issues with the therapist. They can then plan a session around this. Each session is generally about an hour long.

The first session, you can expect to:

  • Talk about your experience
  • Discuss how the issues of depression or anxiety affect your life
  • Explore what the issues have been like before
  • Talk about triggers and potential solutions to help you manage the situation
  • Explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviour
  • Create a plan to address the issue
  • Explore the benefits of therapy
  • Explore the importance of maintaining the treatment relationship
  • Explore how your life might be different if you don’t receive treatment
  • Explore how the therapy has helped or how you feel about the therapy

The second session can be a little different, but the aim is the same.

  • A new topic may be covered
  • The therapist may encourage you to keep talking about your experiences, or ask more questions about your feelings.
  • The therapist may ask you to share your plans to address the issues and get feedback on your work
  • The therapist can also suggest ways to support you.

How long do sessions last?

Most sessions are about an hour long. You can expect to be in one session for about an hour.

Who can I see?

You can see any of our therapists at any time. You can also see them on the phone.

We will discuss your needs and whether it is the right time for you to see us.

How much do the sessions cost?

The cost of the sessions will depend on your needs. We can discuss this with you.

What is therapy like?

You can expect to:

  • Talk about your experiences
  • Explore what the issues of depression or anxiety have been like before

You will generally meet with your therapist once a week.

What are the costs?

The cost of therapy sessions will depend on whether you are receiving sessions as part of a treatment package or as an individual.

If you are receiving sessions as part of a package, you will be able to see a therapist with a reduced price. This will be dependent on the number of sessions you need to get through to have a positive outcome.

If you are seeing an individual therapist, the cost of the sessions will depend on their experience and how many sessions you need to get through to achieve a positive outcome.

We can discuss these costs with you and how they may affect you.

How long will it take to work out what is causing the distress?

The length of time it takes to work out what is causing the distress will depend on how much you share with the therapist.

If you don’t share a lot with your therapist, it may be quite a while before you are able to work out what is causing the distress.

If you are able to explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviour, it may take a little less time.

In some cases, it may also take longer for you to feel that the issues are getting better.

What are the benefits of therapy?

Mental health is a complex area of medicine. It is a combination of physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. It is important to be open and honest with your therapist and be open to the benefits of therapy.

What does therapy involve?

Therapy involves talking about your feelings and experiences.

The first session is about exploring the issues of depression or anxiety and how they affect your life. The therapist can then plan a session around this.

The therapist may ask you a lot of questions about your feelings, thoughts, behaviours and experiences. This is to help you explore.

The therapist can also suggest how you might be able to support yourself. This can include activities or self-help techniques.

The second session is usually about you exploring what you have learnt, how it has helped you and what you plan to do next.

You will then have one or two sessions a week, depending on the progress you are making.

What happens during the session?

The first session will involve talking about your experience. This is to help you feel safe and relaxed.

The therapist will want to know about your:

  • Experiences of depression or anxiety
  • Thoughts, feelings and behaviour
  • Behaviours and triggers
  • How the issues of depression or anxiety affect your life

The therapist will also want to see how you feel about the therapy and what you need from it.

What do I need to do?

You may have some questions about the therapy. You may be worried that the therapist will not be able to help you.

The therapist can help you explore these fears.

You may also be worried about the length of time it takes to get through it.

It is important to remember that you have a right to know what is happening and what you need from the therapy.

The therapist will want to know:

  • How you are feeling
  • What the goals are of the therapy
  • How the therapy has helped you
  • How you feel about the therapy

The therapist will also want to know:

  • The amount of progress you are making
  • What you are happy with and if you need to do more
  • How the therapy has helped you and what you plan to do next

If you have concerns about the therapy, you can talk to the therapist about them.

How much do therapy sessions cost?

The cost of therapy sessions will depend on the therapist you see. It will also depend on how much you are able to share with them.

What’s the takeaway?

Your therapist will be able to discuss the cost of therapy with you.

The cost will depend on:

  • The therapist you see
  • The length of time you need to get through the therapy

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