What to expect in therapy.
Sessions usually last between 45-60 minutes and the length between sessions is decided after completion of the initial session. Sessions are conducted in a relaxed and collaborative manner where you will have the opportunity to discuss your difficulties with your psychologist. You can decide in the first few sessions whether the therapy is a good fit for you
In the first session, your psychologist typically gathers information about you and your needs. It may take a few sessions for your psychologist to have a comprehensive understanding of your situation and concerns and to determine the best approach or course of action. Opening up can be hard, and it may take time for you to trust your psychologist. It’s OK to say that you do not feel ready to talk about something difficult right now. Your thoughts and feelings will help your psychologist understand you and how to help. Any change in life involves time and effort. Your commitment to attend sessions regularly, courage to look at yourself honestly, and willingness to make some difficult changes in your life will help you make progress.
For most types of psychotherapy, your psychologist will encourage you to talk about your thoughts and feelings and what’s troubling you. Psychotherapy sometimes involves intense emotional discussions, you may find yourself crying, upset or even having an angry outburst during a session. Some people may feel physically and emotionally exhausted after a session. Your psychologist is there to help you cope with these emotions.