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Q: When to seek help?
A: When you feel that you cannot understand or control your thoughts, emotions or behavior and this limits your everyday life, you should see a therapist. If you have noticed changes in your mood, habits or functionality, therapy will provide the support you need in order to explore and overcome the difficulties.
Q: How many sessions do I need?
A: This is a difficult question to answer. Depending on the therapeutic approach, for each individual client the time needed to complete therapy varies. The most safe criterion is the achievement of the treatment goals defined early in the therapy jointly by you and your psychologist.
Q: What to expect from therapy?
A: Although the therapy process for each individual client varies, there are some common aspects that you are likely to experience. The first session is a time for you to decide if you will feel comfortable, and motivated in working with the therapist. You should feel that you can trust and respect your therapist and that your therapist understands your situation. This is also the time for the therapist to decide whether he/she is a good match for you or he/she should refer you to another therapist who may be able to work better with you. In the following sessions we discuss the reasons that have brought you to therapy and the different factors that contribute to your difficulties. During this assessment time, the therapist will ask questions about the concerns or problems causing your distress. Often questionnaires and tests are used during this process. After the initial assessment stage, the rest of therapy aims to help you gain insight and solve current problems. It can also help you change emotions, thoughts, and/or behaviors depending on what your therapy goals are and what it is agreed as a treatment plan. The therapist will continue to assess your problems throughout therapy and change the direction of therapy, if needed.
Q: Is the content of my sessions confidential?
Q: Can I bring another person into a session?
A: You are free to bring a partner, friend or family member into one of your sessions as long as you and your therapist agree. Therapists often suggest it themselves. In any case, it is up to you to decide.
Q: Do you prescribe medications?
A: Psychologists cannot prescribe medications to their patients. If necessary you will be referred back to your general practitioner (GP) or to a psychiatrist who will recommend the proper medication.