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Psychological Therapy

Individual Therapy 

Therapy with a psychologist is a professional and confidential relationship.

 

Psychologists are trained to help people deal with a wide range of mental health issues, emotional difficulties, and behavioural challenges.

 

What individual therapy with a psychologist looks like:

  • Psychologists help individuals explore patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving that may contribute to their difficulties.

  • Through self-reflection and exploration, individuals gain insight into their emotions, behaviours, and the root causes of their challenges.

  • Psychologists will tailor interventions to the unique needs and circumstances of the individual. Therapy is not a one-size-fits-all approach, and treatment plans are adapted as needed.

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What is Therapy?

Individual Therapy

Psychologists are trained to work with a diverse range of issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship difficulties, and more.

 

Therapy with a psychologist can be short-term or long-term, depending on the nature and severity of the concerns.

 

It is a collaborative process where the individual actively participates in their own healing and growth.

Develop Coping Skills

Psychologists often teach individuals practical coping skills to manage stress, anxiety, and other challenges.

Evidence Based Practice

Psychologists use a range of therapeutic approaches, such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT),         Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), psychoanalytic psychotherapy, psychodynamic therapy and humanistic approaches to treatment, and more, depending on the individual's needs and the nature of the issues being addressed.

Holistic and Inclusive

Holistic and inclusive therapy means each person has a unique and valid experience. The therapist serves as a guide, supporting exploring the individual's inner world and facilitating a deeper understanding of the processes at play.

Common Myths

Common misconceptions about therapy:

1. Therapy is only for people with severe trauma or deep emotional issues:

  • Reality: Therapy is beneficial for individuals dealing with various challenges, not just those with severe trauma. It can help with stress, relationship difficulties, career issues, and personal development.

2. Only weak or vulnerable people go to therapy:

  • Reality: Seeking therapy is a sign of strength and self-awareness. It takes courage to confront challenges and work towards personal growth.

3. Only certain types of people benefit from therapy, and it's not culturally sensitive:

  • Reality: Therapy is inclusive and can be beneficial for people from all cultural backgrounds. Many therapists undergo cultural competence training to ensure sensitivity to diverse experiences.

How Therapy Can Help

Assessment of Concern

Psychologists conduct thorough assessments to understand the individual's concerns, symptoms, and overall mental health. If applicable, they may provide a formal diagnosis based on recognized criteria.

Emotional Support

Psychologists offer a safe and confidential space for individuals to express their thoughts and emotions without judgment. This emotional support is crucial for the therapeutic process.

Individualised Treatment Plans

Based on the assessment, psychologists develop personalised treatment plans tailored to the individual's unique needs, goals, and circumstances.

Improve Self-Esteem and Self-Image

Psychologists help individuals explore and challenge negative self-perceptions, promoting a more positive self-image and improved self-esteem.

It's important to note that the specific ways a psychologist can help depend on the individual's needs, the nature of their challenges, and the therapeutic approach employed. Seeking the assistance of a qualified psychologist can be a positive step toward improving mental health and overall well-being.

Practicing Self Compassion

Self-compassion is a concept rooted in mindfulness and self-acceptance, and it involves treating oneself with kindness and understanding, especially in the face of difficulties or personal shortcomings. Psychologists can support developing a stronger sense of self-acceptance and self-compassion in individuals who experience challenges with their self-esteem and identity. 

Phases of Individual Therapy

Assessment and Goal Setting:

  • Initial Assessment: Your Psychologist will gather information about your  history, current concerns, and goals for therapy.

 

Building Rapport and Establishing Trust:

  • Creating a Safe Space: You and your psychologist will focus on establishing a trusting and supportive relationship, creating a safe environment for open communication.

Exploration and Insight:

  • Identifying Patterns: You and your psychologist will explore patterns of behaviour, thinking, and emotions contributing to your challenges.

Setting Foundations for Change:

  • Developing Coping Strategies: During therapy, you will learn practical coping strategies to manage stress, anxiety and other mental health concerns. 

Follow-Up or Maintenance:

  • Maintenance Strategies: Your Psychologist will work on equipping you with strategies so you can maintain your progress towards well-being independently. A plan for the conclusion of therapy is developed, including potential follow-up sessions or additional resources.

Get the support you need

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