How do you feel talking to the therapist?
Jeff Guenther in his Blog breaks it down very well, here are some questions he has outlined to begin your journey into therapy.
Before we look at all the questions you could ask your therapist during the initial consultation(or whenever, really)
It’s important to make sure you actually want to move forward with the therapist and there are some key things to consider before making that decision.
Do you feel emotionally and physically safe?
Does it seem like you could trust this person?
Do you like how they carry themselves?
Do you think they ask good questions?
Do they seem knowledgeable and competent?
Do you like them and enjoy spending time with them?
Are they setting the right tone?
Does the use of a camera feel comfortable?
Does it feel confidential?
Do you feel distracted and not engaged?
Do you want to stay and talk or are you counting down the minutes until you can leave?
Do you feel heard and understood?
Do you like the questions that are being asked of you?
Does the therapist seem empathetic to your situation?
If you don’t get a good feeling overall, talk to other counsellors until you do.
Here I have researched and linked the various theories you are likely to know about or have heard about or may have worked with a therapist who uses any one of them.
Because there are different ways to practise it can feel very confusing for people to access the right kind of therapy, I, therefore, offer a free 30-minute zoom consultation where we can see if I'm what you are looking for, and if not where I can signpost you to the right place.
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Please feel free to read below before making contact, good luck.
Integrative therapy. Integrative Psychotherapy takes into account many views of human functioning. The psychodynamic, client-centred, behaviourist, cognitive, family therapy, Gestalt therapy, body-psychotherapies, object relations theories, psychoanalytic self-psychology, and transactional analysis approaches are all considered within a dynamic systems perspective.
In other words, integrative psychotherapy incorporates all different theories to be able to integrate all aspects of the clients, behavioural, cognitive, and physiological levels of self.
Psychoanalysis and psychodynamic therapies. This approach focuses on changing problematic behaviours, feelings, and thoughts by discovering their unconscious meanings and motivations.
Psychoanalytically oriented therapies are characterized by a close working partnership between therapist and Client.
Clients learn about themselves by exploring their interactions in the therapeutic relationship.
In other words. This approach works with looking at unconscious messages and behaviours we may have adopted to manage our lives, however, we may not have a conscious memory or thought regarding the development of the behaviours.
Cognitive therapy. Cognitive therapy emphasizes what people think rather than what they do.
cognitive therapists believe that it's dysfunctional thinking that leads to dysfunctional emotions or behaviours. By changing their thoughts, people can change how they feel and what they do.
In other words. this approach works with present thought processes, working to change these thoughts will enhance the clients' life without having to delve into the past.
Person-Centred Therapies. The view differs sharply from the psychodynamic and behavioral approaches in that it is suggested that clients would be better helped if they were encouraged to focus on their current subjective understanding rather than on some unconscious motive or someone else's interpretation of the situation.
In other words. The client would be encouraged by the therapist to rely on their own view with little input from the therapist with regards to their interpretation of the situation.