At the beginning of therapy, you and your Live Better Psychologist will work together to understand the biological, psychological, social and interpersonal factors from your past that may have predisposed you to your current difficulties, and identify the precipitants or triggers of your most recent problems.
Your psychologist is also looking for the overall patterns, recurrent feelings and chronic issues that could be maintaining your present issues and will help you identify your individual strengths and explore how competent you would ideally like to be in different situations, as leveraging on this will help you to progress through therapy. Your psychologist will explain what the maintaining factors for your current difficulties are and how these could be keeping you ‘stuck’, so that you can collaboratively agree on the short-term and long-term goals for your therapy. Changing the maintaining factors is the path to creating wellbeing and vitality, and your psychologist will help you to do this, at your own pace, one step at a time.
To achieve these goals, your psychologist will give you an idea of the number of sessions you may need, based on research and clinical experience, national and international clinical guidelines. It is very important, however, to realise that you are unique and will progress at your own rate so there is no 'one size fits all' and no pressure whatsoever to progress at a certain rate based on the research or to get therapy over. You and your psychologist set the pace of therapy and it is always adjustable so that the pace suits your needs. Research shows that the more ‘effort’ you are willing to put into therapy in terms of practicing any strategies that are recommended by your psychologist, the faster you will tend to progress.
At Live Better Psychology, all of our psychologists are scientist-practitioners, which means when they recommend a course of sessions and the types of therapeutic modalities they can draw upon to help you, they are using robust scientific evidence from the psychological literature as the basis for their recommendation. Evidence-based best practice informs the therapy that we do.
Our psychologists are fully registered with the Australian Health Professionals Registration Agency which means that they have completed a minimum of 6 years of university training to become highly trained specialists in their fields. We are committed to lifelong learning and stay current with changes to the national and international guidelines for the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, trauma and dissociative disorders, personality disorders, OCD, Schizophrenia, substance abuse disorders and so on. We all subscribe to relevant journals and databases to remain current in the latest neuroscience and knowledge of the most effective psychological treatments and interventions.
The process of individual therapy requires you be open to exploring your thoughts and feelings. It is natural that you may feel awkward, embarrassed, uncomfortable or even anxious at the start and not every client will easily engage with a therapist due to different personalities and preference for therapeutic approaches. At Live Better Psychology, we do our best to be 'real' and maintain our genuineness and authenticity with our clients. However, we encourage you to be honest with your self and your therapist if you have any concerns. Please do not feel 'bad' or as though you have failed or there is something wrong with you and it is your fault, if you have had a past therapy experience where you did not feel you ‘connected’ with your therapist. Simply recognise that this was not the right person for you and move on.
We appreciate that we are 'human' and "cannot make all the people happy all the time" which is why we encourage our clients to give their psychologist open, honest feedback after each session about whether the session was helpful or not and if not, why not, so that the next session can better address that issue to reach your goals and achieve positive and permanent psychological change.