Patricia Blake

Introduction To Therapy

This is a brief introduction to the process of therapy and outlines what you might expect from therapy if you choose to work with me. This is a rough guide and not a rule book. Where individual circumstances require something different, this can usually be integrated into the therapy.

The process of therapy
Therapy starts with an initial phase of assessment where we get to know one another and discuss expectations and desired outcomes. This process takes approximately one to two sessions. This is followed by a more focused therapeutic phase where we work toward the aims or goals that we identified in the assessment phase.
The length of the therapeutic phase varies from person to person and depends on individual needs and preferences. Short-term therapies usually comprise of 6 to 8 weekly sessions, followed by 4 to 6 fortnightly follow-ups; mid-length therapies last anywhere from 6 to 12 months; longer-term therapies remain open ended.
Sessions run for 50 minutes and are typically scheduled at the same time each week. Initially, it is most effective to meet weekly. Fortnightly sessions can be introduced once the therapy aims have, for the most part, been attained and the therapy enters a period of maintenance. The final phase of therapy focuses on drawing the therapy to a close and involves a time of reflection and consolidating of all that has taken place.

Types of therapy
I offer two types of therapy: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).
Psychodynamic therapy explores current emotions, beliefs and thoughts in the context of early-life experience to help develop insight into the root of present-day problems and problematic patterns. The therapy aims to increase self-awareness and understanding, which is likely to result in changes that bring about an increased sense of well-being in individuals and relationships.
CBT is a present-oriented therapy that focuses primarily on current problems. The therapy aims to resolve current concerns by modifying inaccurate or unhelpful thoughts and behaviours while developing new skills for problem-solving and coping.