What does a course of therapy involve?
On average course of therapy consists of 15 sessions. The sessions are usually held on a weekly basis (at least in the initial stages) and last for one hour. Occasionally the number and length of sessions required is different as therapy is planned on an individual basis and is dependent upon the nature of your problems / needs.
The first part of treatment is the assessment phase. This is where the presenting problem is being identified in terms of history, developing and maintaining factors and it also involves assessment of risk. The therapist will be asking you questions in order to check that your problem is amenable to a CBP approach, that you feel comfortable with this type of treatment and you will agree together what your treatment goals will be. Based on the nature of the presenting problem, the assessment might last from 2-4 sessions.
An agenda is set for each session to ensure that all of the important issues are covered and that enough time is spent on them to work on them effectively. Initially, the therapist sets the agenda but as time progresses it is helpful for you to also take part in this.
You will be expected to take an active part in therapy and carry out work in between sessions. This is because the main aim is to teach you skills and techniques, which you can implement to help you overcome your problems. Reviews will occur on a frequent basis to ensure that you are satisfied with the services provided and that the treatment plan is satisying your needs.
If therapy has been successful follow-up sessions are offered. These sessions usually occur at 1, 3 and 6 months. The follow-up sessions are designed to monitor progress – research has shown that if the progress is, at least, maintained over this time period then relapse is less likely to occur.