Therapy is a collaborative process based upon the relationship between therapist and client during which a range of issues and concerns can be addressed. Through this process one can begin to change self-destructive behaviours and habits, build skills, work through painful emotions and improve overall quality of life and relationships. In other words, it can help towards living a happier, healthier, more productive life.
Therapy therefore offers a confidential, safe and supportive environment where one can talk openly and freely while receiving individualized guidance through the process of recovery and change.
The first few sessions will usually involve an individual assessment, following which an individualised treatment plan will be discussed and collaboratively agreed upon. The number of sessions needed depends on ones unique needs, with some therapeutic processes only requiring a small number of sessions while others may require more. The estimated length of therapy is, however, discussed during treatment planning and reviewed throughout.
Sessions are usually scheduled once a week and are approximately 50 minutes in length. Changes to frequency and duration may, however, be discussed and altered according to individual need.
There are many different approaches to therapy all of which have their individual benefits. Although I mostly tend to follow an integrative psychodynamic approach, I am also trained in many others including cognitive-behavioural therapy and dialectical behaviour therapy. As there is no "one size fits all" approach to therapy, in order to meet the needs and preferences of the individual client I will often draw on the principals and techniques of other approaches.
This being said, research has shown that it is actually the quality of the therapeutic space and in turn relationship between client and therapist that is more important than the type of therapy used.