Getting started with therapy can sometimes be quite anxiety provoking. Many clients are unsure of what to expect when they make an appointment to see a psychologist.
At the beginning of therapy, the Psychologist begins with an assessment period. This period allows the client and the Psychologist to get to know one another, and also provides time for the Psychologist to get a thorough understanding the problem(s). The assessment period usually consists of a interview, and possibly administration of questionnaires.
Once the assessment is completed, your Psychologist will discuss with you their formulation. The formulation outlines the factors that have contributed to the problem(s) development, and also the factors which are maintaining the problem(s). From here the Psychologist will discuss different treatment options and develop a treatment plan.
Treatment varies depending on the presenting problem(s). Some clients will gain benefit from a short-term approach whereas other’s may require a longer-term approach. A thorough assessment will provide the Psychologist with a good idea about what will be required and how long approximately therapy will take. Different Psychologists specialise in different treatment approaches.
As treatment progresses, the Psychologist will make regular reviews of your progress, to ensure treatment goals are on track and to overcome any obstacles which may present themselves as treatment progresses.