What is therapy?
Therapy, sometimes called psychotherapy or counselling, is a safe, confidential place to talk about and work through difficulties and issues you may be having in your life to help improve your wellbeing and how you feel.
What happens in the first session?
In the first session, your therapist will spend some time getting to know you, ask about your life, your difficulties, what brought you to therapy and what you want to achieve or get out of the sessions. You will then agree whether therapy is going to be useful to you, what type of therapy you may benefit from and how many sessions you may need. There will also be chance for you to ask any questions you may have.
How does therapy work?
Your therapist will ask you questions, listen, highlight links between what you are saying, help you make changes and work towards your goals, and suggest tools and strategies for helping you manage your symptoms and difficulties better. They may also set you homework to help you practice and apply new skills you have learnt. Your therapist won’t offer to cure you, they won’t judge you and they won’t make decisions for you. Therapy is collaborative and you can choose what you talk about and what problems and changes you focus on.
How long does it take?
Usually it takes a number of sessions to feel better or notice improvements in how you feel but for some people a single session can be enough. You and your therapist will agree a number of sessions and you will review this and your progress regularly. Your therapist’s goal isn’t to keep you in therapy for years but to empower you to manage your difficulties better on your own.
How long is a session?
Sessions usually last 50 minutes. In some cases sessions may be shorter or longer depending on your needs, if this is the case your therapist will discuss this with you.
How often will I see my therapist?
Most people will see their therapist once a week but frequency can vary depending on your needs. You can discuss this with your therapist in the first session.
What type of therapy do I need?
There are different types of therapy. Babylon currently offers counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy. Your therapist can talk through the different therapy options available to you and recommend which therapy they think you are most likely to benefit from following your assessment.