How does online Therapy work?

You are giving a specific appointment time and a unique code to access a safe and secure meeting space. You will need a computer and access to an internet connection. You will also need a space that is comfortable and private so that you are confident that

Why Would I want to see a Mental Health Professional online, do I not need to be there in person?

Online therapy is a very convenient way to attend a Mental Health Professional. You can choose a Psychotherapist, Psychiatrist or Psychologist who lives anywhere in the world and you are not limited to only those who live close to you. This increases your choice and anonymity. There is no need to travel, pay for parking or queue.

How Many Sessions do I need?

This varies from person to person depending on the presenting problem. 
However in the initial session the therapist and patient usually agree to meet for a specific number of sessions. At this point the possibility of further sessions can be explored.  This is the stage when the Psychotherapist and the Client decide if they can work together. Like most things in life, the more effort you make the more you will get from your sessions.

What are the different types of psychotherapy?

This is a very good question. There are many different types, including, Psychoanalysis, Cognitive Therapies, Child /Adolescent Psychotherapy, Couple/Family Therapy, Humanistic Integrative Therapy , etc.

How often are the sessions?

Usually a psychotherapy session is once a week.  Psychoanalytic sessions maybe more frequent.

What type of person goes for psychotherapy?

Some people who appear to be very successful and put on a positive face to the outside world can suffer from huge anxieties in their private life. This is quite common and often these people seek out a psychotherapist.  Other people come because a symptom has become unbearable or because they are suffering or anxious Still others again come because they want to understand more about how they think.  Most people who engage in psychotherapy fall into the category of ‘normal’.
There are as many different reasons to start psychotherapy as there are different people. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy sees the person as an individual, it does not apply a blanket theory to everyone, each person is unique. 

What type of problems do you deal with?

We see people not problems.
Everybody has some type of symptom, indeed the symptom can serve a purpose for many people.  It is when the symptom has failed to function for them or when their symptom has become unbearable that people seek help.  Removing the symptom is not always the solution as the symptom is not always the cause of the problem, it can be a sign that something is not working properly.  Click here for a list of things that can bring people to Psychotherapy.

What can I expect on my first visit?

A relaxed and comfortable setting in which you can discuss your options in confidence with your therapist. Generally, client and therapist agree to meet for a number of exploratory sessions before deciding whether further psychotherapy is appropriate.

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