Before starting sessions it might be helpful to get some basic information about how it actually works during sessions.
- Establishing an open dialogue between the psychologist and the client. The purpose of this dialogue is to help explore the underlying causes of problems and symptoms.
- It facilitates personal and interpersonal issues and focuses on emotional, social, vocational, educational as well as other concerns in life.
- You learn about your condition and your moods, feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. This helps you learn how to take control of your life and respond to challenging situations with healthy coping skills.
- During the sessions you will work on issues that are relevant for you with the primary focus is on making positive changes in the here and now.
- Together with the psychologist you will set goals and work to accomplish the desired results. This progress will be measured on a continuous basis.
- There are many approaches and techniques in therapy. Each individual is unique and therefore each session is tailored for each individual client.
- Each session is not always pleasant; sometimes painful memories, frustrations and feelings will arise and you will have to deal with them with the help of the therapist. With the right therapist you should always feel safe and never do something you are not ready for.
- Each session takes about 50 minutes and generally takes place about once a week.
Due to the complex nature of counseling there are many different approaches to supporting a client. The counseling process is finding a suitable approach that both the therapist and client identify as the most suitable approach or a combination of approaches. You can read more about some of the approaches that I use in my sessions here.