6 Things You Must Keep Doing in Therapy to Get the Most from It


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Psychotherapy is a complex process because it involves a specially-trained individual learning to understand moments of your past, present, and ideas for the future and how they all connect to shaping who you are today. In psychotherapy, you may talk about problems you’ve faced in the past or are currently facing, perceived obstacles you’re having in recovery, defining moments of your life, and more. The therapist-client relationship is an important one because it serves as a leading factor of foundation for your transformation and growth in recovery. Since therapy takes lots of time and effort, it’s important that you continue to nurture your therapist-client relationship and stay motivated.

A 2015 review of the literature piece published in the Journal of Psychiatric Practices noted 6 client characteristics that have a direct impact on one’s success in therapy. See if you can check these off of your therapy-success checklist:

  • A strongly stated desire and genuine intention to change
  • The presence of minimum obstacles to change
  • Possession of necessary skills and confidence to change
  • Positive feelings and beliefs that change will create benefits
  • Changes that are consistent with self-image and social norms
  • Presence of reminders and encouragement from valued people in a supportive community and environment

If you’re lacking in your confidence to succeed in recovery, address this concern with your therapist. Take inventory of your personal strengths and use them to guide your thoughts and decisions. If you feel you have little support, recognize your therapist and healthcare team as a support network that you can rely on. Ask for more encouragement if you feel you need it. When it comes to therapy, it’s important that you are honest with your therapist, so they can best help you. They may not know that you need help with something if you never voice it.

Recovery involves ups and downs, but that doesn’t mean that you should stop trying. Continue pushing yourself in therapy, and maintain open communication with your therapist.

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