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Beginners Guide to Starting Therapy

    Beginners Guide to Starting Therapy

    Why start therapy?

    Psychological therapy differs from talking to friends and family. Psychologists have training and specific skills and expertise that can assist you in gaining a deeper understanding of yourself and your situation, as well as provide intervention options for moving forward. Therapy is a safe and objective space for exploring thoughts, feelings, and behaviours to create meaningful change.

    What happens in the first therapy session?

    During your initial session(s), your psychologist and you will discuss your concerns, your history (related to your mental health), and your therapy goals. You will also go over topics such as confidentiality, consent, practice policies, and technology. We know that talking about private information with someone you’ve just met can be difficult, so we ensure there is no need to rush or push to tell us every little thing all in one session.

    What to talk about?

    It is up to you what you talk about, and how much or how little you disclose about the topics you and your psychologist explore during therapy sessions.

    Therapy is a space for you to talk about your current successors or struggles, therapy goals, relationships, symptoms, past events, worries, thoughts, interests, etc. Your psychologist can help guide you if you are unsure what to talk about or need help keeping to your chosen goal.

    How long will therapy last?

    It depends. Every person is different and therefore the length of therapy will differ for each person. There is not a set timeframe or even ideal timeframe for therapy. Some people will need a few sessions while others will need longer term therapy.

    The frequency of sessions also depends on each individual. While initially weekly or fortnightly appointments are ideal, some people will choose monthly sessions. After a bout of therapy, some people will never go back while other people will continue to see a therapist throughout their life.

    Therapy goals are used as the best guide for length and frequency of therapy.

    Our goal is to provide you with the tools for you to implement thought out your life. We will never keep anyone in therapy longer than needed and it is not our goal create a dependency on therapy.

    How do I know that my issue is big enough for therapy?

    There is never an issue too ‘small’ (or too ‘big’ for that matter) to benefit from psychological support. If it is significant for you and something you would like to seek support for, then it is relevant for therapy.

    You also do not need to have a mental health diagnosis to receive psychological intervention. Nor do you need a mental health care plan.

    Will my therapist judge me?

    Psychologists are trained to be non-judgemental and to support you with what you are currently presenting with. We understand that it can feel very awkward and uncomfortable seeing a psychologist for the first time and that you may have experienced stigma associated with mental health. Psychologists aim to provide a safe and comfortable space.

    What happens at the end of therapy?

    You and your therapist will be working towards ending therapy in accordance with your therapy goals, although you may choose to end therapy prior to this. Ending therapy can feel awkward and uncomfortable as many relationships are established to be enduring. The relationship with your psychologist is different in that it is expected to end.

    If you were referred by your GP or psychiatrist, your psychologist will write to them to let them know that therapy has ended so that they are aware.

    You may be referred back for therapy in the future by your treating team or choose to self-refer back to your psychologist at any time in the future.

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