How Psychotherapy Improves a Person’s Well-Being

People experience depression due to various reasons, resulting in mental, emotional, physical and behavioural changes. Usually, this calls for psychotherapy which focuses on the psychological and mental condition of a person.

Psychotherapy is recommended for people who have experienced difficult situations in their life, particularly traumatic or tragic ones. The treatment aims to identify stress factors that cause the depression and to provide coping mechanisms. By doing so, the treatment helps reduce the stress the patient endures as he starts to regain ability to deal with certain situations. Continue reading

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Obtaining Informed Consent for Psychotherapy

Every person is different, and each of them might respond differently to a certain treatment or procedure, particularly in psychotherapy. Thus, most psychotherapists would obtain informed consent from their patients, which ensures that a client or a patient is fully aware of all the benefits, potential risks, and costs of the procedure.

Normally, securing informed consent from the patient involves three phases, and all of them involve the exchange of information between the client and the therapist. Continue reading

Maintaining the Patient’s Confidentiality

In establishing an agreement between you as the psychologist or therapist and the patient soon to undergo psychotherapy, one of the things you both should agree upon is not to disclose any information obtained during the sessions. Ensuring confidentiality is one of the main things that should be made clear before beginning the therapy sessions and should be written down on your counselling form. Continue reading

Notes on Choosing a Contract Form

For a psychotherapist or counsellor, handling a new client can be challenging. Specific concerns may arise. You’ll need to think about these thoroughly, and on top of that, make sure that they are incorporated in the counselling contract.

With that, be aware that every contract can be different from another. Your client’s particular situation and needs are major considerations. Still, this doesn’t mean you need to start from scratch for every new client that comes in. You can get a template from online resources. You only need to fill in the correct details and add the necessary clauses for specific clients. Continue reading