Therapy is an investment – get the most out of it by planning in advance for your sessions and noting what comes up for you during the week, implementing new skills, an monitoring what works and what doesn’t.  Similarly, journaling key discoveries, new coping skills, or fresh perspectives can support continued growth with things are difficult

Tips for maximizing your experience:

  1.  Take notes.  Anecdotally, I have found that clients who take or bring notes seem to get the most out of their sessions and are more likely to tell me they feel as though they are making progress.
  2. Utilize me to practice new skills-if speaking up is typically uncomfortable for you, disagree with me, call me out, appropriate responses guaranteed.  If saying no is difficult, tell me NOJ  (boundaries are important!)
  3. Step out of your comfort zone.  Change is scary, but it can also yield big returns in growth.  My office is a safe place to stretch. 
  4. Be honest, your therapists office is the no judgment zone!  I know this is a scary one, but therapy is about getting better, feeling better.  How can we get there if we don’t communicate about the obstacles?
  5. Give yourself credit.  Every victory, no matter how small it may seem, contributes to forward movement toward your goals.
  6. And always remember:  YOU ARE WORTH IT!

Written by Diana Loesch, LPC