FAQ

What can I expect?

What happens during a session is that you will sit in a circle with who you chose to bring and two network meeting facilitators from our team. During these sessions we can talk about whatever you want to talk about, and we will reflect on this according the Open Dialogue methodology. The goal of this is to work through and release difficult thoughts. During these sessions we are all equal and there are no rules for how you should be. If there is anything that’s uncomfortable for you, you can let us know.

Who should I bring?

We encourage you to bring people you trust and with whom you feel comfortable discussing what’s on your mind. At a minimum, you have to bring one other person, but there is no upper limit. This could be family members, friends, flatmates, teachers or counsellors. It’s really up to you!

What are the main benefits to me?

We hope that we can provide several positive aspects for you and the people you chose to bring with you into the room. To start, we believe that every difficulty we run into in life contains an opportunity for growth. We hope that by having network meetings, whatever difficulty you are facing right now, can turn out to provide some real and lasting lessons and insights in your life. Further, we believe that its beneficial to reflect on and understand what’s going on. This way, we can work with you and people who care about you to to find out what can make you feel better, in a way that feels right to you and meets your needs. This self-knowledge should enable you to design your own treatment plan for recovery. Thus, through Open Dialogue, you have a large and empowering role in determining the nature of your treatment and in establishing life goals.

I am currently in therapy. Can I come?

Yes. You can do the Open Dialogue therapy simultaneously with other forms of therapy. We encourage you to let your other therapist know that you are working with us. We also encourage you to consult with your existing therapist before participating. If you want to, you can also invite your existing therapist to a network meeting.

What do I have to talk about?

You can talk about whatever is on your mind. You don’t have to talk about anything you feel uncomfortable talking about, and can tell the group if a topic is brought up that you feel uncomfortable with.

Can I come on my own?

No, Open Dialogue requires that you bring at least one other person with you.

I don’t have a mental illness. Can I come?

Yes, you can contact us to speak about anything that’s on your mind, big or small. There are no rules for what you can talk to us about.

I’ve been asked by a friend to come to a session. What should I expect?

Your friend has invited you because something is on their mind and they feel comfortable discussing this in your presence. We hope you will contribute your thoughts to whatever is on your friend’s mind, but this is not a requirement. There are no limits to what you can or cannot say and how you should be. But, whatever you say can be reflected on.

How many sessions do I need?

We can have as many or as few sessions as you want. You and your friends and family are the decision makers. Typically, we see that 3 sessions is a good number of sessions to have, but it really depends on how you feel.

How long is one session?

You decide on how long one session should be. Typically, we see that 1-1.5 hrs is a good amount of time to block off for a session, but it can be more or less depending on how much time you have and how much you have to say.

I think I need more support

It’s important to know that the network meetings are not a substitute for medical consultation or diagnosis, and we encourage our clients to also seek further support from their local GP or university support services if needed.

Do you diagnose me?

The goal of Open Dialogue is not to diagnose but rather to resolve difficult things that you are thinking about. If you feel like you need a diagnosis, this is something that we can discuss further in the network meeting.

How is my data stored?

We follow the Data Protection Act of 1998 and the GDPR guidelines.

I am under 18 years old, can I participate?

No. Unfortunately, we are only able to work with people 18 years or older.

My friend is under 18 years old, can I invite them?

No. Unfortunately, we are only able to work with people 18 years or older.

I don’t have a place where we can meet in private. Can I still book a session?

Yes, we can meet in our offices in Kings Cross.

In case you haven’t found the answer for your question please feel free to contact us, we will be happy to help you.