What happens in psychological therapy?

Psychological therapy is a treatment aimed at changing people’s unhelpful thoughts, moods and behaviours.

It involves talking through your problems and identifying why they are preventing you from getting on with your life. Examining these stumbling blocks allows you to see how your behaviours are linked to unhelpful thoughts and moods and puts you in control of finding practical ways to change (often long-standing) patterns of behaviour

For change to occur, you will inevitably have to face and discuss difficult emotions and events at times during therapy. It is often these underlying experiences and our avoidance of them, that creates and maintains the unwanted symptoms. Psychological therapy supports you through this challenging process by providing you with a safe, contained and non-judgemental place to explore your difficulties. It gives you techniques to make practical changes in your life and skills that you can draw on to help you become more resilient against future mental health set backs.

Reactions to Psychological therapy

Clinical Psychologists are professionally trained to explore and treat your mental health problems by drawing upon a broad range of proven psychological approaches, models and techniques such as cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) rational emotive therapy (RET), psychodynamic approaches, motivational interviewing and relapse prevention strategies. It is this extensive knowledge base of well researched procedures successful in combating clinical symptoms, that helps Clinical psychologists to make sense of what you are going through and to help you to regain control of your mental well-being.

Clinical Psychology is an active and an interactive treatment. You are likely to be asked to record and monitor some of your behaviours, thoughts and moods between therapy sessions, so that they can be reviewed with your psychologist.

Effective change may require between 1-12 weekly or fortnightly sessions to give you the practical skills and confidence to know that you can manage and alleviate those unwanted feelings when they arise. Brief focused therapy of 1-12 sessions is of course not suitable for every person, nor every problem, but it has proven very effective for those suffering from a variety of debilitating clinical problems (anxiety syndromes, anger control, depression, addictions) to help people quickly return to their desired normal daily functioning.

By focusing on identifying individual problems and their solutions, therapy is goal driven and tailored to your needs and lifestyle.

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