During your first appointment, your therapist will begin by asking you about the problem that is driving you to seek help as well as questions about your life in general that will help us understand your problem in context.
The second part of the appointment typically involves a structured diagnostic interview. Your therapist will ask a series of detailed questions regarding various symptoms and other difficulties. This interview typically lasts one hour to ninety minutes. A second appointment may be required to complete the interview. At the end of your first appointment and/or during the next one, your therapist will provide feedback about the results of the assessment and make recommendations for treatment or further assessment. If your therapist believes that the services we offer are appropriate to your needs, s/he will discuss the details of your treatment plan. If your therapist does not feel that our services are appropriate to your needs, s/he will suggest other resources for you to contact. With your written permission, we can also arrange to have your assessment report forwarded to other healthcare providers and/or organizations.
For most problems, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) involves eight to twenty sessions of individual, couples, or group psychotherapy.
In individual therapy, you will meet with your therapist for approximately an hour a week. At the beginning of treatment, you will discuss your current problems and treatment goals. After you and your therapist have established your treatment goals, you will spend your sessions learning techniques for challenging your symptoms and changing your behaviour.
You will also be asked to do homework each week. The amount of homework varies, but it typically consists of 30 minutes to one hour each day of some combination of monitoring your symptoms and thoughts, challenging your assumptions and beliefs, and experimenting with new behaviours.
As you learn to apply CBT techniques, you will gradually require less contact with your therapist. However, at the beginning of therapy it is usually important to meet once each week to build momentum. Then, once you have some momentum going and are becoming confident with the techniques, the time between your appointments will likely be increased to once every two weeks or once each month. The goal of CBT is to help you become your own therapist.
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