- What is Psychological Therapy
- Difference between psychiatrists and psychologists (coming soon)
- How can a psychologist help
- What to Expect in the Initial Consultation
- Confidentiality at PsycHealth Practice
What is Psychological Therapy?
Psychological aka ‘talk’ therapy is a collaborative treatment based on the relationship between you and your psychologist. It is a process grounded in dialogue whereby you will be able to talk openly with someone who is objective, neutral and non-judgmental within a supportive and safe environment. Together with your psychologist, you will receive an individualised treatment programme to enable you to identify your thought and behaviour patterns. Apart from the insight, you will learn new skills to cope better and improve your sense of emotional well-being leading to a more productive and improved quality of life.
For therapy to be effective, both you and your psychologist have important roles to play.
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How Can A Psychologist Help?
A psychologist specialises in providing psychological therapies for emotional and mental health related problems. Psychological therapies (include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) are effective at treating common mental health conditions including anxiety, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder. Seeing a psychologist allows you to understand your symptoms; and to help you learn to overcome and adapt how you feel, think and act in response to them.
A psychologist will provide you with a safe and regular space to talk and explore difficult emotions, thoughts and behaviours. The psychologist is there to support you and respect your views. The psychologist will not usually offer advice, but will help you develop your own insight and understanding of your problems.
What to Expect in the Initial Consultation?
The first appointment is usually arranged over the phone or via email. Appointments usually last an hour. This initial session is an opportunity for your psychologist to get to know you as a person and to explore the problems experienced which brought you to counselling. At the same time, he will work through collaboratively with you over your treatment plan so as to ensure that your needs and goals are met. This is also an opportunity for you to get to know your therapist. From experience, we have found that the best therapy occurs when a therapist and client can establish a good, trusting and strong relationship.
Throughout the consultation and therapy process you will always be treated with respect. Your psychologist will discuss with you about the frequency in which you meet up with him and the possible number of sessions required to reach these goals.
Confidentiality at PsycHealth Practice
Your privacy will be respected at all times and contents communicated and shared within the sessions are kept confidential. However, your psychologist is ethically bound to take actions if either you or someone else is at risk of serious harm. Under such circumstances, efforts will be made to ensure your safety as well as that of others. This may include having to inform family members or relevant authorities. In any case, should any information be conveyed or shared with external parties, it will be done with your consent.