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Therapy is truly beneficial in many ways and whether you have decided to do it as a means to resolve specific issues, or to generally improve interpersonal relationships, personal involvement is absolutely necessary in order for it to be effective. Though it can be hard at times, you are expected to be very open about your personal experiences, honest above all with yourself, and to give feedback to your therapist with regards to your personal views on your progress, your doubts, or other aspects of your therapy.
Therapy to help you deal with your issues can be done following different approaches. At times having to talk about or even recalling certain experiences of the past can make you feel upset, sad, angry, anxious, worried, disappointed and could even lead to conditions such as depression and insomnia. It is my job to challenge you, so you can change your perception of the situations that trigger those feelings and see them from a completely different point of view.
Psychotherapy is something as complex as one’s personality and can bring about changes that may or may not regard the issues that initially led you to it. Undertaking new behaviours to resolve specific problems, for example can result in changes that were not initially planned or thought of and may concern different aspects of your life such as personal relationships, employment, housing, education, nutrition, drinking and substance use. Although these changes are mainly positive, other members of your family or people that are close to you may not accept them immediately and they could even consider them negative. It is all part of the process just like the progress that you make which at times can be very slow. Patience is required in order to see results that may or may not be intended. Throughout the course of the therapy, it is up to the therapist to decide which psychological or motivational approaches to use depending on the issue that is being treated. By always having the client’s benefit in mind, these approaches can include behavioural, cognitive-behavioural, psychodynamic, existential, system/family, developmental (adult, child, family), psycho-educational or coaching techniques.
Therapy is a team effort. And from the very start you need to take an active part in the process in order for the counselling experience to be valuable. This entails discussing with your therapist the reasons why you are seeking therapy, your expectations, the outcome you are aiming at, but also the treatment plan you want to follow. Openness and trust are fundamental so in case you have any doubts or questions about the potential benefits, the risks involved, the therapist’s expertise, or any other aspect of the therapy, you will be answered fully. In case you want a treatment that could be of benefit to you, which however is different from the one we have undertaken, it is your right to expect me to assist you in obtaining it.
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| When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves | Viktor E. Frankl | Man's Search for Meaning |