The first session is an assessment session, when I ask about your current problems and how they are impacting on all areas of your life. I will also ask about your past and negative experiences that you have had and also focus on the future, thinking about how you want things to be different.
I typically work with CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), which is a short term therapy. I also work with ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and CFT (Compassion Focused Therapy) which come under the CBT school of thinking. I am also accredited in EMDR. There are NICE Guidelines that recommend how many sessions are needed for each concern. Typically, I see people for 6-8 sessions. Around the 6th sessions we would have a review to think about how many sessions are needed. By that time we will have a lot more understanding of the difficulties and how therapy has progressed so far. This will give an indication on the total number of sessions.
To begin with, it usually works best to have the sessions weekly. As things improve and depending on the focus of therapy, it might be that we meet fortnightly or monthly. This will depend on what helps you the most. I am also happy to meet for Follow Up sessions to make sure the progress you have made is being maintained.
The following is a summary of the diagnosis that I work with. If you have a diagnosis that I have not listed or you do not feel a diagnosis fits your difficulties, please call me to discuss further.