1. Firstly you will feel a positive rapport with your psychologist and will feel listened to, understood and supported in your concerns.

2. Secondly you will feel an alleviation of your distress, a reduction of symptoms and a return of confidence in your own coping ability. Hopefully you will understand yourself more and have made lasting changes in your way of behaving or relating to others.

3. Make sure you address underlying issues that have led to your symptoms, not just symptom reduction; this can create the most lasting changes in your life.

3. Importantly you will feel like the sessions are working towards your goals set out at the beginning of the sessions.

4. The psychologist will also discuss with you the likely time this will take to achieve this and identify any barriers or obstacles along the way that might be stopping progress.

5. Relapse of symptoms is quite common as is re-current symptoms so it can be helpful to organise maintenance sessions with your psychologist in order to ensure you maintain the changes