People come to counseling for a variety of reasons, and the ones who find it most rewarding, and who see changes more quickly in their personal lives, are those who come to each session prepared and motivated. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of each session.
- Come to each appointment with a goal in mind. Are you seeking resolution? Ways to cope? A new perspective?
- Have an idea of what you would like to change, whether it's an attitude or perspective or an outcome.
- Envision what your life will look like once you've completed therapy. Feel it all the way out. Are you happier? Lighter? More fulfilled? More confident? Engaged in meaningful dialogue and relationships?
- Above all, be kind to yourself. Therapy can be difficult, overwhelming, and frightening, and it is also an invitation to take an active and compassionate role with yourself. Respect your story however it is written, and commit to being the your hero in it.
Keep in mind that investment in the process is what makes it work. There is a "take home" or "homework" portion to nearly every sessions, where I ask you to apply the tools and mindsets we practice in therapy to your every day life. It can be hard, and in some cases it should be; big improvements take commitment, awareness, and time. I find those clients who challenge themselves to embed the homework into their lives see changes and resolutions much more quickly.
Honor the process, honor who you are now, and and honor who you are meant to become.