The Formulation Process in Psychotherapy

A formulation is a type of hypothesis or theory about what has happened during your life that might have led you to be experiencing difficulties at the current time.

It is a collaborative process that is created and agreed upon by both the therapist and yourself as a way of making sense of your life experiences and sets the agenda for how your therapy will proceed.

In this sense, a formulation is the opposite of a psychiatric diagnosis which argues that your current life difficulties are the result of “chemical imbalances” or “diseases of the brain” and have little to do with the context or experiences you have had..

Because we recognise how your adverse life experiences can contribute to poor coping mechanisms and suffering in later life, formulations are known as Trauma Informed strategies.

Formulation written on a napkin

Formulation Enhances Agency for Change

Because a formulation involves the collaborative efforts of both yourself and the therapist in working towards an historical, experiential and contextual explanation for your current problems, the process allows you to feel central and responsibe for bringing about a resolution to your problems.

In other words, you have more agency because you are the expert when it comes to what has happened to you during your life.

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If you’d like to find out more about therapy formulation and mental health problems then why not arrange a free initial consultation with us.

During this consultation we will discuss your particular issues and the different types of mental health counselling we offer (including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – CBT) without you having to commit to any counselling going forward.

The consultation lasts around 50 minutes and is a great opportunity to meet with either Paul or Joan and decide if you would like to proceed with any support.

Paul Lee BSc. MSc. Psych.

Psychologist Paul Lee in Clinic

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Tel: 07434 776125

Joan Lee D. Hyp. MIAEBP.

You can contact Joan by e-mail on:

Tel: 07434 776504