So you’ve taken the step to get therapy, well done! Therapy can be a beneficial tool in figuring out who you are and dealing with your wellbeing and other essential things. But to get all these benefits from your therapy sessions, you need to prepare for your meetings the right way.
We can all agree that therapy isn’t cheap, so if you have decided to invest in it, then you have to make sure that the investment is worth it. So let’s walk you through some of the ways you can prepare for therapy.
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1. What do you want?
If you want to make the most out of your therapy sessions, you have first to figure out what you want. So why are you going for therapy? What do you hope to achieve? You can’t just walk into your therapist’s office without knowing why you are even there.
Yes, you are there to seek help, but what do you need help with. Knowing the purpose of getting therapy is the first step in making the most out of your sessions.
2. Get a journal
Now that you know why you want therapy, you must keep a journal. This can be used to jot down important things while you are in your session. Sometimes, you can have an excellent session with your therapist. But after a few days or even the next day, you might forget about some essential things that you talked about in the session. So keeping notes during your sessions can serve as a guide or a reminder for when you are no longer in therapy.
Also, with your journal, you can write down important things that you need to speak to your therapist about. Sometimes you might know something that you want to talk about to your therapist, but you get to their office, and you totally forget about that and later in the day you remember it. So writing it down will help you remember what you need to talk about in therapy.
3. Be honest with yourself and your therapist
You can’t achieve the results you want from therapy if you are not honest with your therapist. Remember that your therapist is only human. They are not magicians, they do not mind readers. They only know what you tell them so they can’t help you if you don’t let them in.
So you need to be honest with them and with yourself too. Don’t be afraid to tell your therapist what isn’t working for you. Every therapist has their approach but if you feel like your therapist’s plan isn’t working for you, don’t be afraid to let them know.
Once you let them know what isn’t working for you, they can try a different approach that might work better, but if you don’t speak up, they are going to keep doing it, and that wouldn’t benefit you.
If you let them know and they can’t try a different approach, then you can find a new therapist who might be what you are looking for. Remember that you are putting money into this, so don’t be afraid to ask for what you want.
4. Invest in your therapy
Investing your money alone isn’t enough to achieve the results you want from therapy. You have to invest your time and effort if you’re going to achieve any result at all. So be punctual and regular. Get to your sessions on time. If the time isn’t working for you, let your therapist know so you can set a time that will be convenient for you.
Once you are done with therapy, you have to put what you got from your session to use. Your therapist can only tell you what to do, they can’t do it for you and they can’t be by your side all day to make sure you are doing what they talked about. So once you are out of your session, it is your responsibility to put what you learnt into action.
Therapy can be beneficial for you, but you have to make sure to put what is discussed into practice. Only by so doing can you achieve the results you want from therapy.