Elena Touroni, a consultant psychologist at a private clinic in London, explores how therapy sessions are structured so you can get a clearer idea about what is involved. Chelsea Psychology Clinic are a group of London psychologists and psychiatrists offering private psychological therapy and psychiatry treatment from their premises across central London and Chelsea. The private therapy sessions cover the following areas: – Acceptance & Commitment Therapy – Cognitive Analytic Therapy – Cognitive-behavioural Therapy – Couples Therapy – Dialectical-behaviour Therapy – Mentalisation Based Treatment – Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy – Schema Therapy https://www.thechelseapsychologyclinic.com
The structure of the sessions will vary depending on the therapeutic approach. With some approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, the structure is very much implied by the approach, so there will be usually some review of how the week has been for the client. Sometimes there might be tasks that the client has to do between sessions, so we might do some homework review. Then usually, we will focus the session on a very particular topic on that week, which might be an area that we’ve identified for working together or something that has come up for them that is particularly urgent for them to resolve that week. And then usually, at the end of the session, we will have… or we’re making a plan about what they might need to be practicing, if they’re practicing new coping structures between weeks and some of the work that they might need to be doing to monitor their feelings, or their thoughts, or things that trigger them on a day-to-day basis. But again, that is very variable between approaches. There are some approaches that are less structured, so Cognitive Analytical Therapy and mentalisation-based treatment are less structured approaches where, again, there will be a focus or a topic that’s being discussed during the session but there won’t be as many interventions that are directly coming from the therapist or questioning that comes from the therapist. Approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy are highly structured and involve quite a lot of homework and quite a lot of tasks that the client is doing between sessions and bringing back to the session to the therapist.