A B O U T T H E R A P Y
It is not always easy to turn to the self and to reflect upon our fixed and often very unhelpful thoughts, personal feelings and inconsistent behaviours. For some, therapy might initially be a somewhat daunting experience. But when you allow for your process to unfold within a comfortable, caring and genuine therapeutic environment you are able to gain new insight to the more conflicting parts of the self.
W H A T I S T H E R A P Y ?
Therapy, otherwise known as counselling, is a confidential space where you are able to (with the help of a professional) comfortably talk about difficult thoughts, feelings and behaviours as well as reflect and make sense of them together. In doing so one is often able to gain new insights into these concerns as well as develop new strengths and coping strategies to be better equip oneself for future adversities.
W H E N D O I K N O W T O S E E A P S Y C H O L O G I S T ?
Life in general, might bring about challenges; however it is often hard to know when to actually see a psychologist. As a guide you might need to consider counselling when these challenges start implicating your mood, thoughts and behaviour. More specifically, these challenges often start implicating your sense of self, relationships with others and your occupational functioning. It is then when we start seeking assistance.
In other instances, there might not be a specific concern at the time; however you would like to see a psychologist to learn about aspects of yourself and the relationships you share with others. As such, this process might guide you to help find answers to questions that you have regarding your purpose and goals in life.
W H A T I N E E D T O L O O K F O R I N A P S Y C H O L O G I S T ?
It is of great importance that you find a psychologist that you feel comfortable with, as this facilitates the process of being able to share personal thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
For the process to develop, it is also important that the psychologist explains the process of therapy to you as well as address any further concerns that you might have. In addition, your psychologist should express genuine interest in who you are and what brought you to seek therapy. The relationship that you share with your psychologist is of utmost importance, as it provides the foundation for therapeutic work to take place in.
W H A T D O E S T H E R A P Y R E Q U I R E O F M E ?
Therapy generally takes place once a week and consists of 50 minute sessions each. In some instances, clients might attend sessions more frequently. This often depends on the nature of their presenting concern.
Therapy can usually, either be brief (6-12 sessions) or it can last for longer periods of time (up to a year or even longer). You and your psychologist will most likely discuss the length of therapy as well as the type of therapy you will be most likely to benefit from. Your identified goals and the nature of your presenting concern usually influences the duration of the therapy process.