Common questions

Do I need therapy?

Everyone goes through challenges in life. While you may have been able to cope with the challenges you’ve encountered in the past, it’s always a good idea to seek extra support when you need it. In fact, when you realise you need a helping hand, you’re taking responsibility for your life.

And remember, therapy need not be a long-term commitment. For some people, a few sessions and a couple of new strategies is all they need to get back on track.

What happens in therapy?

For a start, there is no need to lie on a couch - unless you really want to.

At Lantern Psychology we employ evidence-based treatment approaches tailored to help you with your particular problem.

Therapy usually involves:

1. Gaining an understanding of the problem and the client's goals for therapy.
2. A joint agreement about the conceptualisation of the problem, treatment approach and plan. This generally includes the type of approach therapy will take, the targets for change and an estimated number of sessions.
3. Working on improving understanding and insight into problems, patterns and behaviours and learning skills to address change.

While at Lantern, we favour a short-term cognitive, behavioural therapy called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Alison's approach is most concerned with what works for the individual and to this end she integrates techniques from other evidence-based therapies.

How many sessions will I need?

That depends on your issue. Unfortunately, we can't say definitively how many sessions may be required for change. However, this is something we will discuss with you in our first 2 sessions.

What we do know is that in most cases, 6-10 session are enough to work through many presentations such as depression and anxiety-related issues. Trauma-related issues often take longer to address. If this is of concern to you, we are happy to discuss this on the phone or at your first session.

What does it cost?