It is singularly vital to us that you and your counselor are on the same page when it comes to the whats, hows and whys of therapy. Please read through the following carefully and write to us if you have questions.
Psychotherapy or Talk therapy is a confidential process of engaging in conversations with a trained professional about significant and personal experiences. Here at ASTEP Chennai, we are most effective in helping you when our therapeutic relationship is strong. Its strength, we believe, is founded on: a) your trust in our competency, b) a shared understanding of your concerns and goals and, c) our ability to utilize your feedback to inform the process.
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We see all clients in person, by phone or video calls, by appointment only. The first session is scheduled according to the client's needs and the availability of a counsellor.
We do not conduct any standardised assessments (such as IQ testing) that clinical psychologists do, or, provide reports for the same.
One session is typically an hour long. The sessions are held at a frequency best suited to client needs. The frequency can change with time and is discussed during sessions while evaluating the process. Most often, it is once a week.
Sometimes, clients come for a few sessions but in some situations it may be more helpful to meet for longer. While a client can end the process at any point of time and return at a later date when required, it may be more beneficial to the client to terminate sessions collaboratively with the counsellor, understand what has worked, what hasn't and how to plan for whatever the client's immediate future needs may be.
The availability of a counsellor for the earliest session at the client's requested time is the primary determinant in this allotment. Needless to say, you will continue to work with the same counselor throughout our service period.
We work as a consulting team since we're stronger than any one of us as individual practitioners. There are exceptions to team consultations (one being when there's a conflict of interest for a given client such as a counselor's friend or family).
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