Deciding to access psychological therapy can be a scary decision. Sometimes there can be unhelpful messages in society that accessing therapy can be a sign of weakness, which can be a significant barrier in accessing timely support. However, it is important to recognise that we are all human and at times we might all need professional support with our mental health.
Here at Psychology Brighton we offer a range of psychological approaches tailored to your needs to help with a range of mental health difficulties.
Programmes of psychological therapy can range from short-term therapies (up to 12 sessions) to longer term therapies (12+ sessions) depending on your needs. This will be decided following an initial consultation appointment and reviewed at regular intervals.
Psychological therapy, sometimes referred to as "talking therapy", is a collaborative process that involves talking to someone (in my case, a Clinical Psychologist) who is trained to help you understand and manage your distress.
Therapy can involve talking about your early experiences to help you understand how these might have influenced the difficulties that you experience in the here and now by exploring your thoughts, feelings and behaviour in order to understand how to make positive changes in your life. Talking about your thoughts, feelings and behaviour can help you develop tools to manage times when you might feel overwhelmed or distressed. It is all about discovering ways for you to eventually become "your own therapist" and live a more fullfilling life.
Therapy can take different forms for each person. We are all unique and it is important that the therapeutic approach is a good fit for both the client and the therapist, as this will facilitate a collaborative therapeutic space where positive change can be achieved.
Therapy can take different forms for different people, as every therapetic approach is uniquely tailored to your needs.
Generally, the therapy journey begins with an initial appointment (consultation) where your therapist will ask you a series of questions about your life (present and past) to gain a better understanding of you as a person and gather information about how your early life experiences might have contributed to the difficulties you experience today.
Part of this process will involve identifying a goal / focus for psychological therapy so that you and your therapist can agree on what aspects of your life you would like support with and begin to explore how change might be possible.
Your therapist will explain different options and therapy approaches they may be able to adopt and you will make a joint decision about how to best proceed.
Following the first appointment, your therapist will agree with you on an approximate number of sessions they may be able to offer before setting a review point. At this stage, the therapy will either continue if you can identify a need for further sessions, or you may decide that the work completed is sufficient and agree on a plan for ending the therapy journey.