How Sessions Work
Each therapist will have their own style of working and depending on the theoretical approach they use, each therapy session structure may vary. It is something you would usually discuss in your first meeting or during your initial consultation. However these are the most common ways of delivering therapy and it might help you when deciding what feels right for you:
Face To Face Sessions
These sessions usually would take place at therapist’s home, their office or at their clinic. In most cases you will be offered a sitting and the room will be private where you can work totally uninterrupted. Then therapist will usually work employing a range of techniques to suit your individual circumstances. Session time may vary, but they usually start at 45 min+
These sessions are particularly helpful if you already have an ongoing relationship with the therapist and used to working together. Then you may find it useful to save travelling time or overcome geographical boundaries or any other accessibility issues by talking to therapist over the phone. However if the telephone is your preferred means of communication, then it is also possible to start building and entirely new relationship and to start work from scratch. It is a common practice to still keep scheduled appointments and time constraints to the session, where you would agree with your therapist to have a 30min or a 1-hour session at a particular time or date.
Online Therapy (Email & Chat)
This form of receiving therapy is often helpful to overcome any stigma associated with coming to see a therapist, since the clients can work with a therapist in a privacy of their own home. It is also useful if you have a busy life and are finding it difficult to fit in regular visits to a therapist. This method overcomes geographical boundaries, saves time on travel, allows greater flexibility and convenience.
Therapists may work through their personal email account or through the secure Uticopa messaging service. Either way if therapist is offering online services, they will describe how they work within their profile. Most email sessions are conducted on a response - delay. You send an email and a therapist will reply within 1-2 days. Communicating through email allows you to take your time to think and compose your thoughts, only sending your message when you are ready to do so.
We recommend that you use our secure chartrooms to ensure all information exchanged in a session is encrypted. We do not keep history log of the sessions on our servers to ensure absolute confidentiality. Your therapist may suggest an alternative secure chat room service. Please note that using widely used MSN or Skype chat rooms may also be an option, but this method of communication is not secure. If a therapist is offering online chat service, they will describe how they work within their profile.
For additional information regarding what to expect from a therapy session you might find it useful to go through our Frequently Asked Questions.