Phases of Therapy

Every client experiences therapy differently due to personality or because of the issue that brings someone into therapy, for instance. Even though clients experience therapy differently, every therapeutic process does go through the same 3 phases:

 

  • The assessment
  • The intervention
  • The ending

 

Phase 1 - Assessment

The first step is always the assessment of the problem. During this phase we will go over why you came into therapy, evaluate your issue, discuss your expectations, and see what approach fits you and your issue best. This first phase is also an opportunity to get to know each other; being comfortable with each other is a very important aspect of therapy.

 

Phase 2 - Intervention

In this phase, we will actively work together on your issue. This phase can consist of 6 sessions or many more, depending on your personal needs, the severity of the problem, and your expectations.

 

In most cases, the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach or the Client-Centered Therapy approach will be recommended to help you move forward. However, because I fervently believe that each client is unique, elements from other therapy approaches can readily be applied so that you will experience therapy with an integrative approach fitted to your personal needs.

 

Phase 3 - Ending

We will decide together when it is time to finish. The ending of therapy depends on the nature and severity of the issue you came into therapy with together with your personal circumstances. I always encourage ending the sessions with a relapse prevention plan so that you have something that will help you, should the problem you came into therapy for ever reoccur.

 

Of course, if you ever experience any more difficulties, my door is always open for you!