Should my therapist be doing this?
This section is written to help you find information about the range of techniques and practices that your therapist may ask you to do as part of your therapy. If you think your therapist is doing things they shouldn’t please see ‘What should not happen (malpractice)’
As a participant in therapy it is important that you are involved in the process as much as you’d like to be. At the beginning of therapy you may be given an information sheet that outlines some key aspects of what’s involved in working with your therapist, such as the frequency of appointments or the names of specific therapy approaches. These are helpful in providing general information but often do not cover some of the more specific aspects of what’s involved because it’s important that therapy is individualised. In the UK some good general information on psychological therapy is available from NHS Choices: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Psychotherapy/Pages/Introduction.aspx
Naturally, the first person to consult about the specifics of your therapy Knowing the type of therapy is so important is your therapist, who should be able to provide you with an explanation of what’s involved in therapy, the key methods that will be used and the reasons for this.
If you would like to know more there are several resources available that will give you some specific information about the range of skills your therapist will be expected to have and techniques that may be used. (See Types of Therapy)