What measures I use in assessments
The first two therapy sessions are usually spent discussing the difficulties that you are experiencing and developing an understanding of your background. This involves developing a good grasp of your family of origin, schooling, tertiary education, occupation, and personal relationships. After understanding what has brought you to therapy, I pay attention to the developmental origins of your personal difficulties, the associated internal and external conflicts, the ways in which these conflicts are managed, relational dynamics, and mental and emotional patterns. I also aim to uncover pre-conscious and unconscious material, to identify associations (mental and emotional links), and to assist in modifying them when necessary. Therapy can be thought of as a conversation where you will be encouraged to spontaneously express your experiences, thoughts, and emotions. I will offer interpretations as part of therapy. These aims to deepen insight and facilitate change.