Frequently asked questions
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Sessions last approximately 50 minutes. Usually, the first sessions are more useful when they are held weekly, coinciding with the main exploratory phase. However, depending on the needs of each person, and the point in the therapeutic process in which they find themselves, we can agree upon a more or less spaced temporal frequency.
It is truly difficult to predict in advance the duration of a therapeutic process. Depending on the type of demand and the speed of progress of each person, it can vary considerably. In any case, you are the one who has the final say on the length of the process based on your wishes and needs.
As a guideline, it can help you to know that there are people who need around 10 to 15 sessions to manage a very specific and localized situation. Others in a similar situation will need more or less time. However, those who are interested in undertaking a deeper psychotherapeutic process can extend their therapeutic relationship indefinitely.
During a psychotherapy session we will talk about what is happening to you in order to explore the situation you find yourself in, set goals and choose strategies to achieve them. In most sessions we use dialogue as the main work tool. In some situations, it will help us to use some experiential technique to be able to manage spontaneous emotions, pay attention to what the mind wants to tell us, and facilitate convenient decision-making.
At the end of the session, it is interesting to recapitulate and integrate the information of everything we have been talking about in order to strengthen the conclusions we have reached. If we see it is of benefit, we will agree upon some homework that you can carry out to increase therapeutic progress and thus discuss it on our next visit.
Numerous studies have concluded that psychotherapy is a resource that works to overcome difficult situations, reduce symptoms and achieve a higher level of vital functioning. According to the American Psychological Association, 75% of people who carry out a psychotherapeutic process show some type of benefit (1).
It is true that some of the elements that better predict success are the therapeutic relationship and the patient’s involvement with the treatment. Depending on the original demand, the benefits will be of a different nature. However, as a general premise, one of the transversal benefits in most psychotherapeutic processes is the reduction of suffering.
This is a more than plausible scenario. It makes a lot of sense, both for those people who have already done therapy and for those who have never started a process. If this is your case, I would suggest that you let me know by phone or e-mail without needing to schedule a visit and with no further obligation. Perhaps then we can find out so you can be a little closer to the decision that suits you best.
If you are not sure I can help you before a first visit, you can contact me anyway so that we can try to figure it out. If we see that we do not have many guarantees of being able to work together, I will always try to find another professional who can help you in your circumstances. In any case, I would like to help you find an alternative path to redirect the situation in which you find yourself.
Yes, clinical psychology is a profession that is protected by professional secrecy. The only exception is when the physical or mental integrity of a person is at risk.
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