It is in conversation - an open dialogue -
that client finds different perspectives, creative solutions, insights and answers.
Therapy roughly spans over three phases
Assessment and commitment to therapy
The therapist focuses on establishing a clear understanding of the process, explore client's background and note the concerns they wish to address going forward. Assessment lasts about 1 - 5 sessions.
Sometimes the therapist and client are not a good fit together or client's concern is out of the therapist's scope. In either case, client will be referred to relevant professionals.
If client and therapist mutually decide to commit to process, they begin the next phase.
In-depth exploration and change
This phase involves exploration of history, patterns, gathering information, setting goals and making sustainable changes.
Sessions are typically scheduled once a week, and it can lasts 5-25 sessions, occasionally longer.
In a typical session, therapist and client engage in conversation. Alongside conversation, therapists may use various tools - inviting client to try something new, worksheets and activities, art and play techniques, and more. Occasionally, there will be homework for client to work on or think through between sessions.
Sometimes termination could be due to external factors. The process may also terminate if either client or therapist do not wish to continue, or no progress is made.
If there is progress, client and therapist reflect and evaluate the progress. The evaluation informs their decision to terminate. Termination can last 1-3 sessions, longer if that benefits the client.
Follow-up sessions could be scheduled after termination.
Having the space to talk to someone in confidence and without judgement helps clients freely explore and understand their challenges.
This exploration brings about new perspectives and creative solutions to challenges. Therapy provides a space to deepen understanding of one's self, others and the world.
Therapy can also serve as a space to express difficult thoughts and emotions, have new experiences, practice skills that one might need to learn, a source of information pertaining to one's journey.