Psychotherapy

HOW IT CAN BE HELPFUL 
 
      Most people entering therapy will get positive growth out of the experience, and various strategies can improve the outcome. However, there is also the risk that you may experience feelings that you have been hoping to avoid.  

The good news is that even if these feelings have been buried, they are still there and actually by focusing on them a little at a time, you can move past them. Some people worry about the pace of  therapy, but you should remember that you are in control of how your sessions go and you can regulate how quickly material is revealed. Adults are encouraged to talk with the therapist about what they want or don't want in therapy.  Children are often able to tolerate the emotions in therapy because play or games are often used while they are doing the therapy work.

 

HOW DOES THERAPY END?

As you make progress in therapy, sessions will be scheduled less frequently.  You can always call to request an earlier appointment if you feel this is necessary.  When you feel you are ready to end therapy, you should bring this up with the therapist so that we can plan for at least one final session in which we review progress made and strategies for maintaining success.  If I feel we are not making progress, need to be referred to someone else, or are coming to the close of therapy, I will bring that up also. Any further contact after ending sessions is left up to the client, and always maintains the therapist/client boundaries.
      
 
 
WHAT IS THERAPY?
 
    Therapy is not something that is done to  
    you.  To get the most progress and the
    quickest results involves you taking
    an active role.  This means: 
 
~  You should seek clarification if you 
    don’t understand something. 

You may take notes in sessions if you
     find this helpful. 

~ You should commit to doing
    homework assignments and do them
    in a timely fashion.  This way you will
    be focusing on your behaviors or
    feelings throughout the week,
    where you can actually put new
    behaviors into practice.
 
  
     Questions to ask after sessions: 

· What issues do I want to work on 
   today or next session?

· How have I been feeling this week 
   compared to other weeks?

· What happened this week that my
   therapist should know about?

· What did we cover during the last 
   session?

· Is there anything that bothered me 
  about last session?

· Any unfinished business?

· Is there anything I am reluctant to tell
  my therapist?

· What did I do for homework?



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