Counselling is a journey that the client and psychologist take together. Usually at the beginning of this journey, the psychologist will give an estimated number of sessions based on his evaluation of the case. However, this number is not fixed; it also depends on the client’s progress. If the client seems to proceed well, it might end earlier than expected. if the client seems to need more sessions to work on his areas of concern, then more sessions will be scheduled.
It usually takes a few sessions with your psychologist to start to feel comfortable and see results of the counselling. It may take less than a few sessions for some people and more with others, depending on the client’s willingness to open up. However, if you continue to feel uncomfortable with your psychologist, the best thing to do is tell them you don’t feel comfortable or that you aren’t feeling any better. The psychologist can then refer you to someone else in the center.
The first appointment will involve carrying out an initial assessment on the client in order to help the psychologist understand what kind of problems are currently present. The client will also be asked to fill out an intake form which includes giving personal information and background history. These processes will help the psychologist and client decide which sort of counselling would be the most suitable to use.
The progress of each counselling process depends entirely on the individual and the nature of the problems being tackled. Some counselling processes are shorter than others and changes may be noticeable within a few sessions, while other processes are more long-term and it may take a longer period to show progress. The psychologist can clarify an estimated duration of treatment after carrying out the initial assessment.
Our psychologists conduct counselling services with a structure based specifically on the client 's needs. Since every client will have different needs, the services one receives will be different than the others- they aren 't standardized. The programs we offer, however, are completely structured and follow a uniform path. Our programs begin with psychological testing, and the results of the test(s) are used to create a specific treatment plan to help the client 's functioning.n
The Me Center offers a blend of services that include both structured programs with specific treatment interventions, as well as counselling sessions that are tailored to meet the individual needs of each client. Both types of services make use of a range of useful assessments to help direct treatment and promote better psychological health. Please take the time to explore the descriptions of our specific programs and services that are detailed in our website to determine which is most suitable for your needs.
Everything discussed during the session is strictly confidential between the client and the psychologist and this is also clarified in the consent forms given at the start of counselling. However, the psychologist may need to break the confidentiality agreement if the client shows a risk of self-harm or harming others.
Whilst both psychologists and psychiatrists focus on emotions, feelings and thoughts, there is clear difference between the two fields. A psychologist is an individual who completed an undergraduate degree in psychology and goes on to complete a master’s program, and in some cases, a doctorate. Psychologists focus their treatment plans on therapeutic processes, psychotherapy and behavioural interventions, which are tailored to the needs of each client. On the contrary, a psychiatrist is an individual who attended medical school and typically went onto training in general medicine, with a special focus in psychiatry. Subsequently, psychiatrists are able to prescribe medication to clients whenever they necessary during therapy. Psychiatrists often focus their appointment with the patient on how well the medication is working to relieve symptoms, as well as screen for the presence of side effects, and then make any needed changes to the patient 's medication regimen.
For our structured programs, psychological assessments and tests are the starting point of treatment. We assess the individual according to their presenting problem, and use the assessment results to create the specific treatment plan that will become the focus of follow-up sessions.n
it comes to counselling, our assessments serve as an enhancement to the treatment process, rather than the driver of it. Assessments are used at the psychologist 's discretion during counselling, when they deem that it would be of therapeutic value. For example, someone seeking counselling for emotional issues might benefit from having an Emotional Competence Assessment, but this won 't be a core requirement for the treatment to be carried out.
Counselling can tackle many problem areas that a person might experience, such as emotional, family, and social problems. However, it is essential to seek help from an experienced psychologist to help you determine which problems can be treated through counselling alone, and which may require more intensive therapy treatment or medication. If we are not able to help you with the problems you have, we will refer you to the right specialist.
This is usually dependent upon the therapeutic approach the psychologist implements. Whether or not the client can contact the psychologist out of hours will be discussed and agreed upon between the psychologist and the client.
There are different factors that may help you decide whether or not you need counselling. For instance, if you’re going through a stressful and challenging time in your life and you feel like this is causing you to feel too distressed or overwhelmed, then you may need to see a psychologist. If you’re experiencing trouble with your partner, then perhaps couples counselling may be suitable for you. There are many different situations that may require counselling, so you can feel free to come in and have an initial assessment in order to determine whether or not this service is suitable for you. As a client, you are under no obligation to attend any more sessions after the initial assessment if you don’t feel it 's necessary for you.