The therapy process
How do therapists work?
Therapists usually work in face-to-face settings, employing a range of techniques to suit your circumstances. However therapy can also be delivered over the telephone or online via e-mail or ‘live’ discussion.
Why are there different approaches to therapy?
Different therapies have different styles. For instance, in cognitive behavioural therapy there will be ’homework’ to do. In bereavement therapy, there would be a lot of emphasis on supporting you through some difficult emotions. A psychodynamic counsellor would look at your past while another type of therapist might focus solely on your life in the present day. Some therapies concentrate on the future. Some are more spiritual – and so on.
Will a counsellor or psychotherapist see me straight away?
Every effort will be made to see you at a time to suit. However, sometimes a high demand for therapy can mean there will be a waiting list.
Do I have to lie on a couch?
There are many different, valid ways of undertaking therapy. In most cases, though not always, you would be offered a chair to sit on.