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Research based therapy process

The therapy provided by Dr McClurg is firmly grounded in psychological theory and research. Thus, interventions are based on what has been shown to work in clinical studies. Confidentiality and ‘safety’ in therapy are of crucial importance. Dr McClurg adheres firmly to the Code of Professional and Ethical conduct stipulated by the British Psychological Society.

Positive therapist and client relationship

Research shows that a core condition of successful therapy is a positive relationship between the therapist and the client. Trust is absolutely paramount. Whilst being empathic, nurturing and non-judgmental, good therapists should also be able to challenge and provoke alternate ways of viewing a situation when necessary. Dr McClurg places a great deal of emphasis on creating this form of relationship with her clients.

Individualised assessment and treatment approach

The first appointment should generally be regarded as an assessment session. It provides the opportunity for the therapist to hear the issues that are being faced by the client. By the end of the session the therapist should have a reasonably clear formulation of how and why the problem originated, its course, how it has impacted on the client and the client’s goals for therapy.

Of equal importance, the initial session gives the client an opportunity to ‘assess’ the therapist and the therapeutic process. Does the client feel this form of therapy will be beneficial for them? Does the client feel they can work with this therapist? There is absolutely no obligation for the client to make a follow-up appointment should the answer to either of these questions be ‘no’. Depending on the presenting problem, a ‘homework’ task, like keeping a cognitive thought diary, or practicing a specific psychological technique may be set at the end of the initial session.

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