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- What is Therapy?
- Who are Psychologists?
- What do Psychologists do?
- How confidential is Therapy?
- What can I get out of Therapy?
What is Therapy?Psychologists use “talking therapy” to help individuals to deal with their stress or problems. Through therapy, individuals learn about themselves. They discover ways to overcome difficulties by recognising and developing inner strengths and skills which can change their situation. For example, psychologists can help people build better relationship skills and coping skills, including ways to build confidence, express feelings, and manage anger.
A psychologist is a person who has been professionally trained to help people deal with difficulties they are finding hard to bear.
Psychologists generally specialise in working with a certain age group for example children and adolescents, working age adults or older adults. Psychologists may also specialise in a particular area of work for example Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), dementia, dyslexia or learning difficulties,
Clinical psychologist, educational psychologist and health psychologist, are some of the titles of individuals who work as psychologists. All YPP psychologists are chartered by the British Psychological Society and you can see this in their title. The psychologists who work for YPP have worked either in the NHS or for an education authority as well as working in private practice. Some work for the NHS in hospitals, community clinics and GP practices. Others work for education authorities with young people and their families at home and in school.
Psychologists differ in the types of therapy they use with individuals. Your psychologist will advise you which therapy will be best suited to your type of problem.
Most types of therapy include talking and listening, building trust, and receiving support and guidance. Sometimes therapists may recommend books for people to read or work through. They may also suggest keeping a diary. Some people prefer to express themselves using art or drawing. Others feel more comfortable just talking.
In the first sessions the individual is encouraged to explain their presenting problems to help the therapist assess what is going on. Both then work together to identify therapy goals that will help the person feel better or get back on track.
It might take a few meetings with a psychologist before people really feel like they can share personal stuff. It is quite normal to feel this way. Trust is an essential ingredient in therapy — after all, therapy involves being open and honest about sensitive topics like feelings, ideas, relationships, problems, disappointments, and hopes. A psychologist understands that people sometimes take a while to feel comfortable sharing personal information.
Usually you will meet with a psychologist on a one on one, which is known as individual therapy. Sometimes, though, therapists might work with a family (called family therapy) or a group of people who all are dealing with similar issues for example a parenting group. Group therapy and support groups help people give and receive support and learn from each other and their therapist by discussing the issues they have in common.
Psychologists respect the privacy of their clients and are bound to keep what an individual discusses in his or her sessions confidential unless that individual gives permission. Although the psychologist may ask your permission to your GP to advise on your progress you may say “No”.
The only exception is if the psychologist believes their client may harm them self or others.
If the issue of privacy and confidentiality worries you, be sure to ask your psychologist about it during your first meeting.
What an individual gets out of therapy depends on why they are there. Some individuals ask for help to solve a particular problem , for example help to be less anxious or to lift their mood. Others want to begin making better choices, or to move on from a loss or a difficult life situation.
Therapy can help people feel better, be stronger, and more able to carry out positive choices as well as discover more about themselves. Those who work with psychologists might learn more about motivations that lead them to behave in certain less helpful ways in the past and how their developing skills can help them avoid repeating mistakes as they practise new ways to handle problems.
Individuals who work with psychologists often find that they learn a lot about themselves and that therapy can help them grow and mature. Lots of individuals discover that the tools they learn in therapy for one problem helps them in the future when other different and unrelated problems occur.