The 1st CBT Session – What To Expect


Your Psychologist will offer you weekly (50 minute). Your treatment will begin with a period of assessment which will last between 1-3 sessions. Here you will be able to discuss in detail the problems that have led you to seek therapy. Your Psychologist will also ask you more general questions about your family, work and home life in order to build a complete picture of you and how and why your problems have developed and persisted. There will also be an opportunity to discuss how Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) will be helpful for you and your psychologist will be able to give you an estimate of the number of sessions that you will need.

In order to get the most out of this first session we suggest that you spend some time before your appointment thinking about what you would like to achieve during your treatment by considering the following questions:

1. What aspects of your life would you like to change?
2. What aspect would you like to stay the same?
3. What needs to happen for these changes to occur?
4. What might get in the way of making these changes?
5. How will I know when my treatment has been worthwhile?

Once your treatment has begun you will meet with your Psychologist once a week at the same time for a session lasting 50 minutes. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) aims to enable you to become your own therapist and so a key part of the work you do will be to facilitate this end. In line with this goal, as treatment progresses and you become more confident in your own capacity to manage your problems, the frequency of your sessions will gradually reduce (e.g. from weekly to fortnightly to monthly) with appropriate follow-up sessions offered (e.g. 3 monthly & 6 monthly).

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