Maximizing Your Counseling Experience
As life happens, people make different decisions in response to situations that are having a negative impact on them. When it comes to issues of the feelings, moods and behaviors, many individuals may seek counseling as a healthy action step in the direction towards self-improvement.
Now, how do you actually make the most of your counseling experience, and ensure that you obtain the personal life improvement you desire? The answer is pretty simple. It comes down to the relationship you have with your therapist, and the commitment you make to your therapy treatment plan. This commitment requires some research, staying informed through the treatment process and taking personal action steps throughout.
First, you want to make sure that you are able to find a therapist whom you feel that you can trust and establish a good rapport with. You may use different mental health professional directories such as Psychology Today or Therapy for Black Girls, or even your insurance provider website, to research and narrow down your options. Once you've selected one, it may take at least 2-3 sessions to determine if who you're working with is good fit. If not, you may need to go back to the drawing board, so apply a bit of patience with finding your best-fit.
Next, you want to ensure that you are maximizing the therapy sessions within your treatment plan. Once you've had your first session or two your therapist is likely to have determined a treatment plan. Many comprehensive plans consist of a number of sessions ranging from 8-12 on average. So, be sure to ask your therapist what the length of your treatment plan is, and find out where you are in that plan.
Finally, now that you know the recommended amount of sessions in you plan, TAKE ACTION. Yes, take the necessary action steps between each session to ensure that you are maximizing your opportunities to see growth from each session. Also, try to attend sessions weekly or bi-weekly to maintain this progress and momentum between sessions. Without taking action and staying consistent, you may find yourself taking longer to see the desired progress in your overall feelings, mood or behaviors.
Therapy is a process that requires time and commitment. Be sure to take the steps necessary towards making your counseling experience a successful one.
~ Authored By V. Works