Can I choose my therapist or psychiatrist?
Here at The Insight Network, we take great care to find the most suitable clinician for you, whether this be a therapist, psychologist, consultant psychiatrist or a combination of clinicians. Deciding on the most appropriate clinician for you will depend on your personal situation and problem.
We also understand that being comfortable with your psychiatrist or therapist is paramount, so often your therapist will talk briefly to you prior to your first appointment. If you feel that you might not be comfortable with your recommended clinician we are happy to discuss whether an appointment with a different clinician can be arranged.
Will I need a GP or other medical referral?
If your treatment is being funded by a private or company health insurance, you will need a GP or other medical practitioner referral letter. This is not a requirement if you are paying for your own treatment; however, it is a good clinical practice which we encourage.
What will happen at my first appointment?
Prior to your first appointment, we will send you an information booklet, and questionnaire to complete before you see your clinician. When you come to your first appointment, your therapist or psychiatrist will carry out a full assessment and will ask you about your history and any medication you may be taking, as well as review the questionnaire you have completed.
In the course of this assessment you will have the opportunity to talk about any goals and objectives that you want to achieve during treatment – after all, this is your treatment. This could range from learning to be more assertive with your boss if this is causing you stress and anxiety; or learning to do more pleasurable things if you are depressed. You will also be provided with information on the treatment options available to help you achieve these goals and any agreed treatment will then be included in your own individual treatment plan.
What is an individual treatment plan?
Your treatment plan is individually tailored to meet your needs and agreed with you at your initial appointment. It will include your goals, objectives, and any treatment options you have agreed including therapy, life skills and relaxation; medication if appropriate; recommended length of treatment; and whether treatment will be on a one-to-one or group basis or a combination of both.
How long will my treatment take?
While all our treatment pathways follow NICE guideline recommendations on the effective number of sessions for treating different conditions, the actual length of your treatment will also depend on your personal circumstances, your preference and the severity of your problems.
Will I need one-to-one therapy or group therapy?
Your treatment may be on a one-to-one or basis, as part of a group or a combination of both. You will be able to discuss the different treatment options at your initial appointment.
Group therapy can be used without other treatment options, but it is more common for it to be incorporated into a comprehensive treatment plan that also includes individual therapy and medication.
Benefits of group therapy:
- It is a useful way for people to share their experiences of a common problem, or to get support and advice from each other. It can be therapeutic to realise that you’re not alone in your experiences.
- It offers the opportunity to become more self-aware and learn more about yourself including how others view you
- Sharing similar problems provides the opportunity to develop new behaviours and new ways of relating to people.
What happens when treatment is completed?
An integral part of your treatment is planning how you will cope once your therapy is finished. Relapse prevention sessions are designed to help you practise what you have learned so that you are able to continue independently after-treatment without struggling.
At the end of your treatment you will have a discharge meeting in which you will be able to evaluate how far you have progressed in achieving your goals and objectives. With your consent, we will then send a discharge report to your GP or referring clinician to keep them informed of your progress.
Finally, we will give you a discharge information leaflet just to keep at hand in case you should need a little reassurance and relevant contact numbers in case you have any questions or need further information.