Psychotherapy typically involves three phases: (1) assessment & planning, (2) intervention, and (3) review & planning for the future. The initial assessment phase is typically between 1 and 3 sessions and involves gathering information about your current difficulties and your personal history, setting goals for therapy, and outlining a plan for treatment. During the intervention phase, you will work on the goals you set at the beginning of therapy, and you will also have space to discuss any other issues that arise and adjust the initial treatment plan if needed. The length of this phase varies depending on a number of factors, but typically ranges from 5 to 20 sessions. Longer term therapy is possible in some cases when clinically appropriate. In the final session or two of therapy, Dr. Johns will review your progress and the themes and interventions discussed in therapy, and she will work with you to create a plan for maintaining your gains as you move forward.
Therapy sessions are 45-50 minutes long and may occur on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Sometimes, towards the end of therapy, the length of time between sessions may be gradually increased.
When you book an assessment, you will be provided with detailed information about how to find the clinic and what to expect. You will be sent questionnaires to complete in advance of the assessment, and there will be 1-2 assessment sessions, which are 2-3 hours long. The assessment sessions will involved a detailed clinical interview and/or testing of your attention and other cognitive abilities. Following these sessions, Dr. Johns will analyze the results and produce a detailed report including her diagnostic impressions and recommendations. A feedback session will be scheduled a few weeks after the assessment is complete, during which Dr. Johns will review the contents of the report with you and answer any questions you may have.