What can I expect?

The initial assessment will take place in GP premises or at the Natural Therapies Clinic. It will take up to 90 minutes and consists of a structured interview. It is carried out in a relaxed and informal manner. All information that you pass on will be treated with strictest confidence.

Once we have gathered the necessary information of how your problem works I will explain how CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) can be helpful. We should have a clear understanding of your individual vicious circle and I will use that to explain to you how to break out of this circle.

We also use this time for questions that you may have and to talk about your expectations, short and long-term goals and I encourage you to think about how you would know that therapy has been effective and has worked for you. This question usually helps to focus your mind on specific goals/ expectations. If you find this too difficult to begin with we may spent a little time on exploring your values or things that are important to you. These values can get lost at times of emotional distress. We also know that not living in accordance with our values can cause us a great deal of unhappiness or emotional distress.

If you decide to go ahead with treatment I will book you in for a course of however many sessions you require. Individual treatment sessions will last 60 minutes. At the end of the assessment I will be able to give you a rough estimate of how many this may be. This is often disorder specific.

NHS
N.I.C.E
The Hackwood Partnership
Natural Therapies Clinic
BABCP