What can individual therapy help with?
People of all ages see Psychologists for a wide variety of reasons. It may be related to feeling down, experiencing anxiety, stress, social difficulties, family dynamics, and difficulties in various other areas of wellbeing. Some psychologists also specialise in supporting a child's development in areas such as learning, social communication and understanding, and everyday tasks.
What does therapy involve?
Psychological therapy is used to help understand current difficulties, develop skills, and to enhance wellbeing. All forms of therapy used are evidence-based, meaning that research has shown them to be a safe and effective treatment method.
Types of therapy include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Behavioural Therapy, and understanding of sleep, eating, and activity. These are all talking-based therapies and involve discussions, reflections, learning, planning, and goal-setting, and home-based tasks; each as appropriate.
Your Psychologist will utilise these types of therapy where appropriate for the person and their situation. At your initial session, the Psychologist will discuss what sessions may look like for you in terms of content, who will attend, how often, etc. Importantly, they will also discuss privacy and confidentiality. Psychologists do not prescribe or manage medication.
Therapy for individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
For individuals with ASD, the aforementioned types of therapy are adapted to best suit one's understanding. For example, thinking about abstract concepts such as feelings and thoughts can be tricky for individuals with ASD, therefore the Psychologist will help to make these more concrete and identifiable for the individual.
There is often an increased focus on areas such as:
Understanding other people's perspective
Social communication, interactions, and situations
Identifying and managing emotions
Coping with situations that they find overwhelming
For young children, therapy commonly includes play-based learning, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), social skills training, or skill building through the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM, for very young children). For adults, therapy commonly involves talking 1:1 with the Psychologist.
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