The Initial Assessment is a crucial ingredient to our excellent treatment success rates. Therapy can only be successful if the problem is identified correctly and by working on the root cause, rather than simply addressing the symptoms of the problem.
The CBT Clinic always ensures that we treat each and every client as an individual. We love getting to know you better, understanding your background and current issues, as this helps us to tailor your treatment package to your needs.
We are thorough in our approach and will never engage in therapy without the Initial Assessment, as our highly skilled CBT experts know how important this stage is for your therapy.
What is the Initial Assessment?
The Initial Assessment is a FREE 30-45 minute session, where the client and the CBT Therapy Expert will go through a range of factors to learn more about you as a person and about your current problem. Most of our clients choose to have their Initial Assessment via Phone or a Face-to-Face session.
Some of the areas we explore in the Initial Assessment include:
- Checking for any Long-term physical conditions.
- Checking for any disabilities.
- Exploring the area you want to work on in treatment.
- Going through a 'specific situation' in depth using the CBT based '5 Areas Model', which helps the therapist to understand the underlying factors that maybe causing the current issues.
This is a key component of the Initial Assessment.
The therapist will also try to identify specifically which type of Anxiety you are experiencing, as the type of anxiety is an important factor for determining which CBT therapy techniques are used in treatment.
Onset of the problem (dates).
- Checking for any previous episodes of Anxiety or Depression.
- Exploring factors which you feel may have triggered or contributed to the Anxiety or Depression.
- Identifying your goals in treatment, so that the therapist can work with you to achieve these throughout the CBT treatment.
- Checking if you have had any past CBT therapy or Counselling.
- Gathering information on the medication you may be taking for Anxiety or Depression.
- Gathering information on Caffine & Alcohol intake and checking your Nicotine consumption.
As you can see, our Initial Assessment is very thorough, but we strongly believe this has helped us to get the excellent results in treatment, as your therapy is tailored to your needs, and not the one-size fits all approach regularly adopted by the NHS CBT therapy services.
What happens after the Initial Assessment?
After the Initial Assessment, the therapist maybe able to give you the assessment outcome straight away, or within 24 hours if they need to discuss your case with a colleague.
The possible Assessment Outcomes are:
Suitable - This means that CBT therapy is suited to your current problem and is the best type of therapy to help you overcome the current problems. Once you have been found suitable, you are able to commence with your CBT therapy sessions.
Not Suitable - This means that from the factors in the Initial Assessment we DO NOT feel that CBT therapy would be beneficial for your current problems, as there maybe a better type of therapy more suited to help you to overcome the current problems you maybe experiencing.
Clients who are found UNSUITABLE for our service are fully supported and signposted to services we feel that maybe better geared up to support you with your current problems. These services are more than likely based locally, would require you to self-refer, and maybe free or services which incur a charge for therapy.