This is a question we are often asked in therapy. How do I know when I’m ready for therapy? Change can often be a fearful concept especially when patterns of thinking and behavioural responses are so entrenched. We lose the belief that change is possible which leaves us planted
in the pre contemplation/ contemplation stage. If this is the case, the first phase of therapy sessions will focus on motivational aspects. Clients are aware that a problem exists but need guidance to consider that with changes, problem behaviors can reduce which helps maintain healthy relationships.
When it’s loved ones who have suggested that you come to therapy, one has to question if you are coming to therapy for them or yourself. This is often an area of consideration when looking at therapy for young people. In these cases, we really focus on what’s the motivation to change and the pros and cons of changing. Problems in every area are highlighted and therapy taps into identified priorities for all involved. You might have had therapy before which you feel was ineffective. This is probably because the cycle of change was never considered.
At “level best” we initially assess where in the cycle of change the individual is sitting. We then work with defined evidence-based techniques to facilitate change which will subtly move the individual into the action phase. We look at what the individual wants to change and this becomes the focus of the phase two block of sessions.
Individuals and family members will see change and the results can be evident quickly.
If an individual is quite resistant to therapy, we will identify this and work with this. The drivers behind resistance to change are usually, fear, feeling overwhelmed, lack of trust and a feeling of instability. At “level best” we work with these in a supportive and encouraging manner.
At “level best” therapy sessions follow the following format.
Assessment – session 1
Phase one – of therapy sessions will assess motivation to change which points out that change can occur with the focus of building more meaningful processes and create a life worth living.
Phase two – of therapy sessions teaches techniques to create, install and maintain change. We use a collection of CBT and DBT or EMDR techniques to work on areas such as emotional regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness. This will reduce problem behaviours such as addictions, impulsivity and interpersonal conflicts/ difficulties and reduce self harm and suicidal intent.
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Sessions have a set a gender which is evident from the beginning. You know what your therapy will involve and we work on sets of 6 sessions so there is transparency of financial commitments.