Getting Results From Therapy
To make the most of therapy, you need to put what youíre learning in your sessions into practice in your real life. 50 minutes in therapy each week isnít going to fix you; itís how you use what youíve learned with the rest of your time. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your therapy:
Make healthy lifestyle changes
There are many things you can do in your daily life to support your mood and improve your emotional health. Reach out to others for support. Get plenty of exercise and sleep. Eat well. Make time for relaxation and play.
Donít expect the therapist to tell you what to do.
You and your therapists are partners in your recovery. Your therapist can help guide you and make suggestions for treatment, but only you can make the changes you need to move forward.
Make a commitment to your treatment.
Donít skip sessions unless you absolutely have to. If your therapist gives you homework in between sessions, be sure to do it. If you find yourself skipping sessions or are reluctant to go, ask yourself why. Are you avoiding painful discussion? Did the last session touch a nerve? Talk about your reluctance with your therapist.
Share what you are feeling.
You will get the most out of therapy if you are open and honest with your therapist about your feelings. If you feel embarrassed or ashamed, or something is too painful to talk about, donít be afraid to tell your therapist. Slowly, you can work together to get at the issues.