Many people make the decision to come to therapy for the first time in their 20s. Given the amount of changes that take place such as moving homes, starting college/university, leaving old friends and making new friends, getting a job or living in a new city, it can feel overwhelming and anxiety provoking. Therapy can provide a valuable opportunity to gain new insight and learn new skills so that you feel more empowered to cope with the challenges you may be facing. The first three to four sessions are focused on better understanding your current concern. We will also aim to identify ineffective coping strategies, relationship patterns, unhelpful thinking styles or traumatic experiences that might be contributing towards your distress during the initial phase of therapy.
With this knowledge in mind, we would then discuss the particular focus areas and goals for therapy. Therapy can be short or longer term, depending on the need. Shorter term therapy typically lasts around 12 to 16 sessions.  For therapy to be most effective, it is helpful to meet regularly, typically once a week. We use evidence-based therapy approaches that have proven to be effective such as Metacognitive Therapy (MCT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).