What are some of the common elements in therapy?

With a range of therapeutic approaches available within our service delivered by a diverse group of qualified practitioners, here are just a few of the common aspects of therapy you'll find in addition to a safe, confidential and caring environment in which to address your current concerns or difficulties.

Appointment by Appointment progress checking

At each of the appointments with your practitioner you will be asked to go through the assessment questionnaires, rating your mood and symptoms. This allows both yourself and your practitioner to look for noticeable changes to your mood/symptoms and to measure the effectiveness of what you are doing to help your current situation/mood.

Homework

It is common in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for there to be a continuation of what is learned and applied in the therapeutic session to be carried out by yourself at home.

For example, your practitioner may ask you to complete diaries of your thoughts and mood states or to write down your daily activity levels/routine tasks. These homework tasks allow you to look more closely at what is contributing to or maintaining your mood states (such as negative thought patterns or long periods of inactivity and boredom) and to begin to address some of these in a focused and goal-oriented way.

It is not always easy to remember what you thought about or did a week ago! - hence the reason for keeping a log.

Goal Setting

To be able to use the time with your practitioner to its fullest, it is important that you both have the same idea of where you are at and where you would like to be at the end.

This involves some goal setting: - agreeing upon the manageable steps you can take together session-by-session to move towards achieving improved mood/control of symptoms, greater energy and activity levels or more effective problem-solving strategies for example.

Goal setting is a good way to be able to recognise the positive changes you are making to get where you want to be.

Completing treatment

 

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