The first step in embarking on any of the therapies Dr Button offers, is to undergo a psychological assessment so that a ‘psychological formulation’ of the presenting difficulties can be developed.
A ‘formulation’ essentially outlines what difficulties are being experienced, where they have come from, and what is keeping them going. Formulation is developed jointly between Dr Button and her clients. From there, she works with clients to think about what treatment approach might suit best.
Typically, assessment can be completed in a 1.5 hour session; however, there are times when individuals require more or less time than this, depending upon the complexity of the situation.