Here you will find answers to some commonly-asked questions. If your question isn’t answered, you are welcome to send Lark an enquiry.
The main aims of the initial session are to discuss the issues that have brought you to the session, and to discuss how Lark can help you. You will be asked a number of questions about your current mental health, your history, your feelings, physical symptoms and thoughts, and what you have been doing to cope. Your goals and expectations for psychological therapy will also be discussed. There will be a discussion regarding possible courses of therapy, and questions are encouraged throughout the session. It can feel daunting to speak with someone about your difficulties, and the first session is often the hardest for patients. However, Lark strives to make the transition into therapy as comfortable and helpful as possible.
The number of sessions required depends on the complexity of the difficulties you are experiencing. On average patients attend for 10 to 12 sessions, although complex or long-standing difficulties may require a substantially larger amount of sessions. In order for treatment to be successful, it is necessary that you complete activities and tasks between sessions. Your rate of progress is dependent on the amount of time you work on and practice skills between sessions. It is advisable that the first few sessions are spaced weekly, however after this is it possible to space sessions fortnightly or monthly if it is agreed that this would facilitate the best outcome. This will all be discussed with you during the treatment planning stage of therapy in sessions one and two.
It is very helpful if you can think about what you would like to achieve from the sessions – your goals and how you would like your life to be different. Some people find it helpful to make some notes and bring them along to the first session.
Please inform Lark if you are unable to attend a session as soon as possible. A full fee is charged for sessions that are cancelled or postponed less than 24 hours from the start of the session time. Please email email@example.com to cancel or postpone a session.
Lark is able to provide supervision to other clinical psychologists on a short- or long-term basis. Supervision sessions can be provided either in person or via Skype. Lark will be happy to discuss your supervision needs with you.