For many people, the first session with a psychologist is full of uncertainty. Are they able to help me? Does psychotherapy actually work? Will I be “cured” after this? It is important to clarify the role that psychotherapy can play on your journey to improved well-being.
Psychologists can guide you in self-exploration, understanding your struggle, and finding ways to manage and release your challenges. However, each session is only the tip of the iceberg. A lot of the work actually happens between your consultations.
Psychotherapy consultations provide a platform from which ideas, emotions, expectations, and importantly, change are kicked into motion. Every week you can take what has been discussed in the therapy room out into your world. It may just be a single thought that stays with you and in a small way changes how you react to your environment.
Over time, this will build up, providing you with new insights, new strategies, and new behaviours. You are collecting tools to add to your belt to help you navigate any ups and downs of life with strength and positivity. This is how psychotherapy leads to growth and long-lasting change.