There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to therapy. We’re all different and we all come to therapy for different reasons. Some people come to therapy because they want to work on a specific goal. Others come because they want to delve deeper into their past and understand how it might be impacting them today. Others simply because they feel like something’s “up” and they can’t put their finger on it.
This is why our approach is tailor-made.
From the moment you reach out to us, we’re focused on finding you the right support. Good therapy is all about finding the right match – both in terms of the connection you have with your therapist but also the issue you’re looking to work on and the approach to therapy they take.
We take great care in matching you to the right psychologist, according to a variety of different factors – such as your needs, goals and learning style. And this tailor-made approach continues once you start therapy too. All of our psychologists are trained in multiple modalities which means they adapt their approach according to what they think you’ll most benefit from throughout your therapy.
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What happens in therapy?
When you first contact the clinic, you’ll speak to one of our assistant psychologists over the phone who will ask you a few questions about yourself and what you’re looking to get out of therapy.
From there, they will match you with a psychologist or psychiatrist for your initial assessment. In the assessment stage, we’ll look to explore any issues you might be facing, your past, recurring themes or patterns, alongside what you’re looking to get out of therapy. On the basis of this information, you’ll be matched to the psychologist who we believe to be the best fit for you and your needs.
Your ongoing sessions will look different depending on the type of therapy you have. Some approaches to therapy are more direct and goal-orientated and others are more exploratory and open-ended. But broadly speaking, the first phase of therapy is typically focused around gathering information about your past and the difficulties you’re currently facing and, importantly, looking to see what might be maintaining those difficulties.
From here, your psychologist will develop a formulation for treatment. This will look different for everyone. For some people, this may involve some behavioural tasks or work around breaking specific relationship patterns. For others, it might involve identifying unhelpful thought patterns and where they stem from, and then practising new ways of thinking and being in the world. The course of therapy often shifts and changes over time as new things come up and you develop a new understanding of yourself.
Frequently asked questions
It can help to have a bit of an idea around what you’re looking to get out of therapy as this can help steer the direction and make sure the focus rests on the areas that are most important to you. That said, it’s also fine if you’re not sure. Lots of people seek therapy because they’re lacking that clarity so it’s also completely fine if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Just making it through your psychologist’s door is enough.