Therapy, also known as “Psychotherapy” or “Talking Therapy”, is the process by which you sit down with your psychologist, psychotherapist or psychiatrist to talk about problems you are experiencing in relation to your thoughts, feelings, behaviours or interpersonal relationships. Therapy is essentially a conversation between two people in which the therapist’s only goal is to help you, the patient, feel better.
There are a number of different types of therapeutic approaches which are outlined below.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
How do I know my therapist is right for me?
When choosing a therapist, the most powerful predictor of a positive outcome is often the nature of your connection with your therapist in the room. There is no right or wrong approach in therapy – it is all about the goodness of fit between you and your therapist. It can sometimes take a couple of sessions before you feel completely comfortable with the process. After the first few sessions, when speaking to your therapist:
- You should feel safe, heard, and respected
- You should be able to formulate a shared understanding of your current difficulties and challenges.
- You should be able to create a list of agreed goals to work upon in therapy
- You should be able communicate freely when therapy is not working, or when you feel sessions are no longer as productive as you would like