Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that seeking therapy and choosing the right therapist can be an overwhelming process, especially for those new to the experience.

To help you navigate this journey, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions about therapy, covering a range of topics from understanding the therapy process to finding the right mental health professional for your needs.

Our goal is to provide you with valuable insights and guidance, catering to our diverse clientele, including young professionals, adults undergoing mid-life transitions, and individuals experiencing significant life events.

What is therapy, and how can it help me?

Therapy is a collaborative process between a mental health professional and a client, aiming to support personal growth, enhance well-being, and address various life challenges. It can help individuals develop coping skills, gain insights into their thoughts and behaviours, and improve their overall quality of life.

How do I know if therapy is right for me?

Therapy may be right for you if you're facing emotional distress, struggling with relationships, experiencing significant life changes, or seeking personal growth. A consultation with a mental health professional can help determine if therapy is a suitable option for your needs.

What is the difference between a psychologist, psychiatrist, and therapist?

Psychologists typically hold a doctoral degree in psychology and focus on providing talk therapy, assessments, and research. Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialise in mental health and can prescribe medication. Therapists can include psychologists, social workers, and licensed counsellors who provide various forms of talk therapy.

What should I expect during my first therapy session?

The first session with us typically involves discussing your background, concerns, and goals for therapy. It's an opportunity for you and the therapist to establish rapport and determine if working together is a good fit.

How long does a typical therapy session last?

A typical therapy session lasts between 45-60 minutes, though the duration may vary based on the therapist's approach and the client's needs.

How often should I attend therapy sessions? 

The frequency of sessions depends on your individual needs and goals. It's common to start with weekly sessions for a minimum of 12 weeks and adjusts the frequency as progress is made. 

Is everything I share during therapy sessions confidential?

In general, therapists are legally and ethically bound to maintain client confidentiality. However, there are exceptions, such as when there's a risk of harm to yourself or others, or when required by law.

What are the different types of therapy (e.g., CBT, DBT, psychodynamic, etc.)?

Various therapy approaches include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), psychodynamic therapy, humanistic therapy, and more. Each approach has its unique techniques and focuses, catering to different client needs.

How long does it usually take to see improvements in my mental health?

The duration of therapy varies based on individual factors, the nature of the concerns, and the therapy approach. Some clients may see improvements in just a few sessions, while others might require longer-term therapy. 

Can I use insurance to cover the cost of therapy sessions?

Insurance coverage for therapy varies depending on your policy and the therapist's credentials. It's essential to check with your insurance provider and potential therapist to confirm coverage.

What if I need to cancel or reschedule a session?

Be sure to discuss this with your therapist to understand their guidelines for cancellations and rescheduling. 

How do I know when it's time to end therapy?

The decision to end therapy usually depends on your progress towards your goals and your comfort level. Discussing your thoughts and feelings with your therapist can help determine the right time to conclude therapy.

Can therapy be conducted online or over the phone?

Yes, many therapists offer tele-therapy services through video conferencing or phone calls. This can be a convenient and effective option for clients who cannot attend in-person sessions due to various reasons.

How can I make the most of my therapy sessions?

To maximise the benefits of therapy, it's essential to be open and honest with your therapist, actively participate in discussions, complete any assigned tasks, and maintain a commitment to self-reflection and growth.

Is it normal to feel emotional or uncomfortable during therapy?

Experiencing emotions and discomfort during therapy is normal, as it often involves exploring difficult thoughts and feelings. It's essential to communicate any discomfort with your therapist to ensure a supportive and safe environment.

How do I know if my therapy is working?

Signs that therapy is working may include increased self-awareness, improved mood, better coping skills, and progress towards your goals. Regularly discussing your progress with your therapist can help evaluate the effectiveness of therapy.

Can I bring a support person to my therapy sessions

Some therapists may allow a support person to attend sessions, depending on the situation and client's needs. It's essential to discuss this with your therapist beforehand to determine if it's appropriate. 

What resources are available if I'm in crisis or need immediate help?

If you are in crisis or need immediate assistance, consider reaching out to a crisis hotline, local emergency services, or a trusted support network.

We hope these answers have provided you with a better understanding of therapy and what to expect during this transformative journey. We strive to offer compassionate, empathetic, and professional support for our clients while fostering an inclusive and respectful environment. If you have any further questions or need additional information, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

We're here to help you take the first step towards a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life.