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It can be daunting going to see a therapist for the first time and it’s a big step to take, albeit an important one if you are feeling overwhelmed for any reason at the moment.
Before sessions begin in earnest, however, it’s important for your therapist to understand what your situation is and in order to do this, an assessment session is carried out so we can determine the best course of treatment and find the best way to help you.
It also serves to help put you at your ease for future sessions so you know what to expect and so you can reap the full benefits of the therapy itself.
These assessments are a one-off and can last anything between one to two hours, with detailed reports available on request.
You will be asked a range of different questions during the assessment to help identify the best way forward, covering how you’re feeling in general, if you’re off work, if you’re struggling to complete daily tasks, if you’re eating and sleeping properly, if you’re experiencing panic attacks and so on. More personal lifestyle questions may also be asked.
This is also a good opportunity for you to ask your therapist any questions you may have about them and about the service, so you can better decide if it’s right for you.
After the assessment, the therapy sessions can take place. There are different types of therapy, ranging from cognitive behavioural and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy to mentalisation and dialectical behaviour therapy.
Your assessment will help work out which type of therapy would be most effective for you, based on the answers you provide and what you talk about with your therapist initially.
Note that all types of talking therapy with a professional and experienced therapist will remain confidential.
If certain issues have been causing problems in any area of your life, it might be beneficial to consider therapy. Professionals can help you make the necessary changes and break free from unhealthy behaviour, and emotional or cognitive patterns that are holding you back.
If you’d like to find out more or book an assessment, get in touch with Homebased Talking Therapy today.