What to Expect
During the initial session we begin to hear your story. What has been happening in your life? What challenges are you facing? We will also share with you our way of working – importantly talking about confidentiality. The initial session can be challenging for some people as it may be the first time you have shared your story or you may talk about things that are very emotional. As therapists we listen without judgment, to offer support and understanding. Sometimes the opportunity to talk about an issue with another person can help to process the issue and bring insight.
During the 2nd session we continue to hear you story and discover your areas of strength and identify areas in which you want to make a change in your life. What are you hoping to get out therapy? What would you like to change or improve? Our role as therapists is to work together to help you move towards the things that are important to you.
The 3rd and 4th sessions are a time to discuss what the focus of the therapy will be – this is sometimes called a therapy plan. Your therapist will also talk together with you about the treatment approach that they feel will be most helpful. Occasionally, after hearing your story, your therapist may feel that psychological therapy isn't what is needed. In these instances, they will discuss referral options and alternative ways of making the changes you want in your life.
The following sessions will focus upon meeting your therapy goals. We will also talk about the progress you have made with your therapy goals and decide if we need to add goals or change them. Towards the end of your therapy, hopefully you'll be starting to recognise significant changes in your life. Together with your therapist you can choose to reduce the frequencey of sessions, and work towards a final session. This end stage of therapy involves consilidating the skills you have learned and building resilience, leaving you to live a rich, full and maningful life.
How to choose a Therapist
If you’re going to have therapy, finding the right therapist is very important. Research indicates that the type of therapeutic relationship you have with your therapist has a big influence on the effectiveness of the treatment.
So it is vital that you find a therapist who:
- Listens to you and respects you
- Helps you to feel comfortable and at ease
- You can trust to talk to about difficult topics
- Will work with you on the goals you have
- Is good at communicating with you and explaining things
- Offers a treatment approach that suits you
What if I’m not happy with my therapist?
Perhaps you have seen your therapist for a few sessions and you feel like it is not going well. You don’t feel able to open up, or you feel that your therapist isn’t really understanding what you are trying to say. The reality is that not every therapist is the right fit for every person. And that is OK. It is better to deal with it, rather than persist when it is not working, or drop out of therapy.
At Marble Psychological Services, our goal is to make sure you see the right person – the therapist who is going to help you. You don’t need to worry about upsetting or offending your therapist. From time to time, we all have clients who change to see a new therapist. This is a normal part of the process of finding the best therapist for you.
If you would like to change your therapist, talk to us. You can talk to your therapist, call and speak to Dr. Hannah Kyaw Thaung or give us some confidential feedback on our feedback forms.
At Marble Psychological Services, we recognize that everyone is unique and we take the time to get to know you to develop a customized therapy plan for you. The therapy plan will include your specific goals and how we can work together to reach them. Individual therapy typically involves learning new skills and ways of thinking, and putting these into practice outside of sessions.
Marble Psychological Services has helped people overcome a wide range of issues. Here are some of the typical presenting concerns faced by our clients:
- Expatriate and Relocation Issues
- Grief and Loss
- Social and relationship issues
- Sleep Issues
- Confidence and Self Esteem
- Sexuality Issues
- Work and Career concerns
- Stress Management
- Anger Management
- Wellbeing and Performance
Even with the strongest of relationships there are potholes along the road. It is not unusual for the stresses of life, money or parenting to place strain on relationships, and this can get in the way of being the best possible couple. We work to help you restore balance in the relationship to head in a better direction.
Our approach to couples therapy is dependent on each situation but typically involves joint sessions with both partners complemented with individual sessions.
Here are some of the typical presenting concerns we have worked with clients on:
- Communications issues
- Young couples that are struggling
- Pre-marital issues
- Extended family issues
- Sexuality issues
- Divorce and separation
- Falling out of love
- Intimacy issues
- Financial related issues
Family relationships play an important part of our lives and can be the main form of support though also the main source of conflict and stress. Family therapy focuses on relationships between family members when the family system has been disrupted. The focus of the therapy is to develop positive patterns of interaction between family members, not to place blame on an individual family member. Family therapy can be helpful with the following difficulties:
- Separation & Divorce
- Conflict between family members
- Illness and Bereavement
- Difficulties during adolescence
- Child behavioural difficulties