Therapy is provided in a range of local locations, including Earlswood and Reigate Town Centre.
Modern therapeutic approaches are active and collaborative in nature. The therapist works in collaboration with you to reduce the frequency and severity of any problems. When using CBT the focus of the work is on what is keeping the difficulties and problems going at this time, not looking for possible causes and/or earlier childhood experiences. This is not to say earlier life experiences are not important to understanding current difficulties, but it is unlikely they are keeping any difficulties going now.
Therapy is often portrayed poorly in the media and we do not ask people to lie on a couch. A Clinical Psychologist works actively with you exploring how you are coping and finding out what is helpful to you. We cannot ‘mind read’ and can only help with difficulties people are happy to talk about.
The first session (Assessment)
Therapy begins with an assessment and each session is often 50 – 60 minutes long and sometimes longer for families. Typically assessments are completed over one or two sessions and are a time to get to know you and the details of what you are finding difficult. During the assessment the therapist will be asking things like the how long the problem has been going on for, how often the problem occurs, what you have tried before and your thoughts and behaviour in relation to the problem. The therapist will develop an initial formulation, like a map of your difficulties, and discuss the types of treatment available.