The therapy service is primarily provided to adults aged 18 and over. Adolescents will be considered with the consent of their parents.
CBT is a particular branch of psychotherapy that has evolved gradually over the last century or so. Principally, it involves paying attention to the links that exist between our thoughts, emotions, behaviours, physical sensations, and our surrounding environment. One of the main ideas is that all of these are linked in one interactional system and that to help someone who is experiencing distress requires an understanding of how all of these things fit together. For example, if I feel the physical and emotional experience of anxiety in a particular situation, it will influence my behaviour in that I might want to escape or avoid that situation. It is also likely that the reason I am anxious is that my mind is thinking anxious thoughts and telling me that this is a situation that I should be scared of. All of these things need to be considered together if I am to overcome my anxiety and focus on the things that really matter to me.
CBT is usually delivered as a face-to-face talking therapy. It is an active and collaborative form of therapy in which the client is seen as having expertise in relation to their situation, and the therapist is seen as having expertise in psychology. It is the active collaboration of these two experts that helps move the client’s situation forward. There is an emphasis on both parties contributing in sessions, and there is the expectation that the client will also undertake some work on their own between sessions. You can read much more about CBT at https://www.babcp.com/Public/What-is-CBT.aspx
Without meeting with you to discuss your particular situation, it is difficult to give a definitive answer to this question. However, CBT is designed to be structured and time-limited, so it is usual for us to agree on a specified number of sessions in the first instance, although this is open to review as things progress. We are guided by the evidence base for the use of CBT with various different clinical presentations, although the average number of sessions required for a noticeable improvement in emotional distress is between 8-12.
Occasionally, our clients desire a more open-ended approach, which we are happy to discuss.
If you are interested in receiving therapy from Think Psychology, please contact us either by telephone or email, at which point we will discuss cost with you. We are committed to providing a competitively priced service, and reductions are available in certain circumstances. We will happily offer a reduced rate to existing clients of Barefoot Birmingham.
Unless waived or otherwise negotiated by mutual agreement, if you do not attend for a scheduled session, or you cancel giving less than 24 hours notice, the full fee for the session will be charged. If you arrive late for your session, the full fee will still be charged, and due to the therapist's other commitments, unfortunately the time cannot be extended.
There are several methods to pay for sessions. Standard procedure for payment to your therapist is via invoice at the end of each calendar month. You will be charged for any sessions you have had that month at the rate agreed at the start of your therapy. Payment can be made via cash or cheque at the beginning of the subsequent session.
The therapist-client relationship is essentially one of a confidential nature, although this is not absolute. Generally speaking, no information relating to your sessions will be passed to anyone else unless you give written permission to do so. However, there are some exceptions whereby confidential information would be released, even in the absence of your consent.
The therapist would make every effort to discuss any such breaches of confidentiality with you. Any other release of information requires your consent.
Think Psychology does not provide formal emergency services. However, they will be available as much as is reasonably possible during normal working hours. You may call the contact number at any time and leave a message if the therapist is not available to take your call. Calls will be returned as promptly as possible, dependant on the therapist's other working commitments. Evening and weekend calls will usually be returned during the next business day. If your therapist is likely to be away for an extended period you can be expect to be informed of this when you call, in addition to being informed of their expected date of return. If you find yourself in an urgent situation, make a judgement about the prudence of waiting for a return call from your therapist verses contacting another emergency/crisis service or attending your local Accident and Emergency department for immediate care. The Samaritans provide a support service 24 hours a day for people who experience feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. They can be contacted by phone on 08457 90 90 90 or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.