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About psychotherapy.. time, money and choosing the right psychotherapist?

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benrth

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About psychotherapy.. time, money and choosing the right psychotherapist?

Hi, I had a very unhappy childhood (http://www.mentalhealthforum.net/fo...en-trouble-.-please-help!&p=104164#post104164) and i was suggested that psychotherapy /CBT might be an answer. I read a bit about in the internet and some questions are for me unclear.
Can you throw some light on: how many sessions I might need in total? Is a session conducted once a week? What would be the total time span for the entire psychotherapy process in my case? How to choose the “correct” psychotherapist? (im a bit low on budget) and what would the entire treatment cost in continental europe?
 
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well regarding cost, can you not get it free from your local community mental health services? Im not to sure about the price to be honest but have a look around as your GP for some more advice on who would be better.... some therapy is done once a week, and other therapies are conducted twice or three times a week- but that depends on the type of therapy you've been selected for.
 
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Hi,
As a psychotherapist (who had a diagnosis of schizophrenia @ 20) my doctoral research suggests your relationship with the therapist is all important so phone some & if you like them make a 1st appointment & see how you get on. Usually sessions are weekly. As a general guideline the longer the problem the longer the therapy. However, in a few sessions you can learn to use 'tools' such as
1. Diaphragmatic breathing to turm anxiety into excitement-physically they are the same!
2. Keep a journal & challenge critical self-talk.
3. Work out what your 'script-beliefs' are & kick out those you don't need.
Sometimes a therapist will negotiate over fees & how long is up to you-work out what you want-that's your therapeutic goal. You can always use the miracle question-imagine you go to bed tonight & a miracle happens so you wake up tomorrow & you're 'cured'-how would you know?
Best to you,
Roger
 
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