Psychological therapy basically involves talking in depth, to a clinical psychologist, who will help you try to make sense of the things that are troubling you and to make changes, with the aim of meeting your goals and improving quality of life and insight.
Sometimes individuals feel emotions such as embarrassment or shame at the idea of seeking professional help. However, the way I see it – we all seek expert advice, all of the time. If my car breaks, or my roof leaks, or the boiler packs in, or we need a beehive removing from the garden – I get a suitably qualified professional who has dedicated their profession to the field, in to help. In the same way, we offer psychological services for assessment, supervision, teaching and therapy. This means that you can benefit from 9 years of training and further study and your clinician will be able to pick out the bits that will benefit you best.
As clinical psychologists train in a number of different approaches, you have the added benefit that your therapist can integrate a number of ways of thinking and working into your treatment, which is a benefit that you may not get from a single-modality therapist. Your formulation will typically involve insight and recommendations and skills and psychological insight from the following approaches:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
- Schema Therapy
- Cognitive Analytical Work
- Attachment theory
- Specialised Trauma Approaches
- Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) – trauma work.
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
There is no hard and fast rule about how long psychological therapy will last for. Typically, the deeper-routed the issues, the more traumatic and prolonged the experiences for instance, can take a longer to shift.
You should typically expect therapy to last 10-20 sessions. After each 10 sessions, yourself and your therapist will discuss if you will be continuing and what you want to work on, and contract another batch.