Before we begin you will receive a questionnaire to complete electronically.
This lets us know how you are going before we start treatment. We call this a baseline measure.
The initial sessions are known as the Assessment Phase. The purpose of these sessions is primarily to answer the question - what has brought you to seek therapy? During these sessions we will collate background and personal history information.
Typically we will complete a timeline, mapping out your life and superimposing this with any mental health concerns you have experienced to identify patterns and triggers.
This is usually completed within the first session. If a history is particularly detailed or complex we may need to continue this in our second session.
Next we develop what is known as a Formulation.
A Formulation weaves together your current concerns against the backdrop of your whole life experience.
The purpose of a formulation is to develop a shared understanding so that I can tailor a treatment to your individual needs and circumstances.
Using the Formulation I then develop a Treatment Plan.
A Treatment Plan is like a bridge from where you are now that leads to where you want to be.
In practical terms - I combine your goals for therapy with psychological strategies that are informed by your formulation. After structuring the order of the strategies, I can give you an estimate of the length of your treatment. Commonly this is between 6 to 12 sessions.
The following sessions work through each component of the treatment plan. You will have time between sessions to put any strategies learnt into place, so that when therapy has ended you can continue to confidently utilise the skills you have learnt, as and when required.
Towards the end of therapy you will complete the same questionnaire that you initially completed. This will give us an objective measure of your progress. Informing us whether we need to modify our treatment plan, or will highlight your therapeutic gains.
Video Telehealth Consultations occur within a web browser, you don't need to download any special software.
Google Chrome is the preferred browser because it enables features like sharing screens, document cameras and digital whiteboards during the session.
Google Chrome can be downloaded for free from the official website here.
Firefox (50+), Microsoft Edge and Safari (12+) are also supported, however these browsers may not offer additional features available through Google Chrome.
Mobile phones are
If you would like to test your equipment before making a booking you can use the free automated test call service. Making a test call is a useful way of checking your camera, microphone and speakers are working before connecting to a Video Call. The test call is entirely automated and available any time of the day or night, there is no person at the other end of the call.
Last updated: Feb 19, 2023