THE FIRST ONE TO FOUR APPOINTMENTS ARE PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT SESSIONS
What is an assessment? Due to the private and personal nature of emotional problems, many people feel anxious about talking about their psychological problem. I am well well aware of this and will help you. Through talking and listening, you and your therapist will explore the problem from a variety of angles before deciding on a course of action which suits you. The type of person you are, psychological factors and many other issues can all contribute to maintaining or solving a problem so assessments can take more than one session.
HOW LONG DOES CBT OR PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELLING TREATMENT CONTINUE?
Some people find that 4 to 6 sessions are enough to find a thoughtful and considered solution to their difficulties. however, most people need more time to explore their problems from different angles. They can then experiment with doing things in different ways before finding a new way which works for them in their particular circumstances. Some people need some information and to discuss ways of dealing with their problem.
WHAT DOES A COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPIST DO?
Since 1984 I have been providing people with the space and opportunity to find a thoughtful and considered solution to their behavioural, emotional, relationship and life difficulties. I listen, and talk in a way which aims to help you to overcome or adjust to your problem in the best way. Through sympathetic listening and skilful sensitive questioning, we undertake a joint effort to go back to the beginning of the problem, to help you make changes in yourself. In addition I am trained in particular psychological techniques aimed at specific, hard-to-shift behavioural problems or patterns.
AS A PSYCHOLOGICAL CLIENT WHAT WILL YOU BE EXPECTED TO DO?
Cognitive behavioural therapy is a lot like learning. The main thing is to speak as openly as you can about yourself and your difficulties and be willing to try some new ideas or ways of behaving when that time in the therapy comes. Often you will be asked to do a small amount of reading. You may be asked to do some excercises (or "homework") at home.
"In my sessions with Ferga, she helped me to understand why I felt and reacted in the way I did to certain things. This insight left me feeling much more positive about myself and less afraid of my emotions. Her faith in me and her encouragement helped me to be kinder to myself and left me feeling much better equipped to deal with life." BC