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What can you expect when working with a Psychologist or Psychotherapist?

When working with Psychologist or Psychotherapist at Burleigh Heads Psychology Clinic there are several things you can expect:

1. Confidentiality: Psychologists adhere to strict ethical guidelines, including maintaining confidentiality. Your discussions and personal information shared during therapy sessions should remain confidential, with a few exceptions (such as if you express an intent to harm yourself or others, or if there is a legal obligation to report specific information).

2. Active listening and empathy: Psychologists are trained to be active listeners and to provide empathy and understanding. They will strive to create a non-judgmental and safe space for you to express your thoughts and feelings.

3. Assessment: At the beginning of therapy, your psychologist may conduct an assessment to better understand your concerns and develop an appropriate treatment plan. This may involve asking questions about your background, symptoms, and relevant life experiences.

4. Goal setting and treatment planning: Once your psychologist has a good understanding of your concerns, they will collaborate with you to set treatment goals. Together, you will work on developing a plan to address these goals and identify strategies or interventions to help you achieve them.

5. Evidence-based interventions: Psychologists use evidence-based techniques and interventions that have been scientifically validated to be effective. The specific interventions used will depend on your unique needs and the theoretical orientation of your psychologist.

6. Regular sessions: Therapy typically involves regular sessions, usually scheduled once a week or biweekly. The duration of therapy varies depending on individual circumstances and progress. It may be short-term, focusing on specific issues, or long-term for more complex concerns.

7. Building a therapeutic relationship: Establishing a positive and trusting relationship with your psychologist is crucial for effective therapy. This relationship provides a safe space for exploration, growth, and self-reflection.

8. Homework and self-reflection: Your psychologist may assign you exercises, reading materials, or reflective activities to supplement your therapy sessions. These assignments can help you integrate what you've learned and apply it to your daily life.

9. Progress evaluation: Periodically, your psychologist will assess your progress toward the established goals. Together, you can evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment and make any necessary adjustments.

It's important to note that individual experiences with psychologists may vary, as therapists have different approaches and styles. It's essential to communicate openly with your psychologist about your expectations, preferences, and any concerns you may have throughout the therapy process.

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