Questions you may have
Here is a list of questions we are frequently asked. If you have a question that is not answered here, feel free to contact one of our practitioners who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
- Will therapy help and how do I know which therapy is right for me?
- How do I pick a therapist?
- What happens in the first session?
- How long will I need therapy for?
- What happens to the information I share with my therapist?
- What about fees?
Will therapy help and how do I know which therapy is right for me?There is no simple answer to this question, people go to therapy for a range of very different reasons and may have different expectations from therapy and get different things out of it. You can discuss your reasons and expectations for therapy with your psychologist. There are a variety of different types of psychological therapies and it can be confusing when thinking about what type to go for. Our Counselling Psychologists are trained in using a range of different therapies and therapeutic models. When working with you, they will try to work in a way that is most helpful for your difficulties and your needs. If you wish to access a particular type of therapy, you can discuss this with them.
How do I pick a therapist?Some people consider age, gender, culture or other factors when choosing a therapist, ultimately this comes down to personal preference. However, it is likely that your therapist will have experience of working with people from a range of different backgrounds with a variety of experiences and difficulties. All of the practitioners in the Counselling Psychology Group are qualified Counselling Psychologists trained to doctoral level. Counselling Psychologists come from an integrative background, which allows them to use a range of different evidence based theories and approaches in their work.
What happens in the first session?Once you decide you wish to see a Counseling Psychologist, you will be asked to attend one or more assessment sessions, where you can discuss what has brought you to therapy, your personal circumstances, hopes and expectations. This initial session(s) will provide the space for you and your psychologist to decide whether you wish to continue working together. When making this decision, you may want to think about how you feel being in the room with this person. It is worth keeping in mind that it can be difficult to talk about sensitive matters with a professional that you have just started working with, however this can get easier as you build a therapeutic relationship. If at the end of the assessment, you wish to find a different therapist, you can be honest about this with your therapist and they will understand.
How long will I need therapy for?Different people choose to engage in therapy for different amounts of time. Most Counselling Psychologists are able to offer short term and long term therapy. This is something that you can discuss together in the assessment sessions and also throughout therapy. Ultimately you are free to stop therapy whenever you like, although it is often more helpful to agree and plan an end to therapy with your psychologist.
What happens to the information I share with my therapist?The information that you share with your therapist will be kept confidential.
There are times when a psychologist is legally obligated to share information with other professionals. This can happen if a client discloses information that places themselves or someone else at serious risk. In rare cases such as these, your psychologist will endeavour to inform you prior to breaking confidentiality. Your psychologist will discuss this with you when you first meet with them.