Deciding to see a psychologist is often the first step to healing. However, it is not an easy decision and many people don't know what to expect when they make their first appointment.
Here's a basic explanation of the process.
The therapy process begins with a thorough assessment. During the first session, your psychologist will ask relevant questions about your current problems and your history. In the case of children, the parents will be asked to provide this information.
Once the assessment is completed, your psychologist will provide feedback. If a diagnosis is made, this will be explained and discussed. It is vitally important that you understand your condition so that you can begin to overcome the challenges you face.
Your psychologist will then discuss the treatment plan with you. This will be based on best practice guidelines. You and the psychologist will set goals together. Your psychologist will outline the type of intervention needed, as well as the number of sessions required to achieve your goals.
Types of Psychotherapy
There are many forms of therapy. Some psychotherapies focus on changing behaviour and thought patterns, while others focus on healing by exploring the effects of past relations and
experiences on present behaviours.
Some of the most used psychotherapy models are: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Psychodynamic Therapy Narrative Therapy Group Psychotherapy Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy Psychoanalysis Play Therapy
Different psychologists prefer different models. Please speak to your psychologist about which mode of therapy will be most appropriate for you.