The central aim of the assessment is to gain an understanding of your difficulties, and to find the best way forward for you.
I make the assessment process a therapeutic experience in itself, which means that I will help you to manage any symptoms that arise as we talk. This will help you to build the skills necessary to alleviate your difficulties right from the beginning.
From the assessment we will begin to build a personal formulation of your difficulties. The aim of the formulation is to map out your difficulties in an understandable way by linking patterns of experience together.
The assessment is also an opportunity for you to assess me and my style of working with you. Ensuring that you feel in capable hands is an essential ingredient for effective therapy. To aid this, I work in an open and transparent manner, which means that there is purpose behind everything I ask or say, and if you would like to know more then all you need to do is ask.
A typical assessment session takes place over 90 minutes. Sometimes a longer assessment session of 2 to 3 hours is useful for clients wishing ISTDP treatment, but this is not essential and will depend upon your needs.
At the end of the assessment we will discuss whether therapy is right for you and arrange the best plan forward for your needs. If I do not believe psychological therapy or I are not best placed to help you, I will be open and honest with you about this.