No one wants to waste their time, and let’s be honest, those session fees can add up quickly. As a therapist, I love seeing clients get better. Some of the turn-arounds I have seen are nothing less than inspiring. I consider myself lucky to have been able to witness the hard work and the amazing transformations. Because I want all of my clients to experience the same type of positive change, I began wonder… why do some clients see such success and others linger without finding the long lasting change they hoped for. There are certain characteristics that he most successful clients have in common. You can also have this same level of transformation, by implementing the following tips, you can attain faster and better results in therapy.
Four tips to get the most out of your therapeutic experience
Make your appointments a priority
If you have ever tried to master a new skill or sport, you know that consistency is key. Frequently canceling and rescheduling appointments are going to hinder or prevent progress in therapy. The clients who get better the fastest come to every appointment without exception. I once had a client who took the bus and a snow storm was so bad that the buses were not running. This client walked in the snow to get to the session. Needless to say, he was one of my greatest success stories. When you make appointments a priority, wonderful things can happen.
You are willing to take risks and try new things
Just showing up to your first therapy session is courageous. Anytime you learn a new skill, it feels strange and unnatural. In therapy, I am going to teach you skills and techniques that are going to sound weird at first, but with practice they will feel like second nature and you won’t even think about it. But, what is needed is a willingness to at least try these new skills. Ideal clients show up with a curiosity and eagerness to try new things and follow through with recommendations outside of your comfort zone. As Brene Brown says, “Courage and comfort cannot co-exist”. The change that you are seeking may just be right outside of your comfort zone.
You take responsibility of your treatment
Imagine if you went to a medical doctor’s office, and when the doctor asked you “What brings you in today?” and you just shrugged your shoulders, you would not get very much out of the appointment, would you? You would leave feeling as if you had not received the care you needed. Therapy is the same. Ideal clients come to sessions prepared to discuss issues that they need to work on. Ideal clients take notes (literally or mentally) in between sessions on improving or worsening symptoms. Ideal clients have clear goals of what they would like to achieve in therapy and actively work to achieve those goals each and every session.
You give direct and honest feedback
The more feedback I get from you about what is working and what isn’t working, the more I can tailor my services to be most effective for you and your goals. I never want you to be afraid of hurting my feelings. I value honest feedback form my clients. It allows me to do my job better and it allows services to be made more effective to you so that you can attain your goals.