When it comes to therapy, clients may have unrealistic expectations. For example, an individual may think the reason you are seeking therapy should be solved within one session. That rarely occurs. A second false expectation is that the therapist will fix everything for them. A therapist is not there to tell you what to do. They are there to advise you to the best of their abilities. Ultimately your decisions remain yours. Another false expectation is that the therapist is available at your beckon. As much as a therapist wants to be there for you, there are boundaries and other clients they must prioritize as well. You and your therapist will work to create realistic goals.
3 things each person seeking therapy must consider
To get the most out of therapy it is important to consider the type of therapist you are looking for. For example, are you looking for a certain ethnicity, such as South Asian? A member of the LGBTQ+ community? Are you looking for a certain technique, such as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) designed specifically for trauma?
It is also helpful to determine your goals for therapy. Perhaps it’s building a stronger relationship with your parents, setting boundaries, etc. Therapy is a two-way relationship, so what you put in is what you will get out. Try your best to be present and engaged both inside and outside of your sessions. By this, I mean to practice what your therapist encourages you to implement.
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Doing Teletherapy
Teletherapy has taken off, especially since the pandemic. It is advantageous because of how accessible it makes therapy. You do not have to travel to get to your appointment and can do it in the comfort of your home. Some individuals may also find it more comfortable to speak online and open up compared to in person, but some individuals may feel the opposite. There is also more risk of a breach of privacy when delivering therapy online. And, for individuals who do not have the privilege of having a quiet space in their home, it can become difficult to schedule an appropriate time.
The Importance of Self-care
Between therapy sessions, it is crucial to practice self-care because it increases your healing progress. Therapy is not an easy process for many. It can become overwhelming and lead you unwanting to attend anymore if you do not care for yourself. Self-care is also something your therapist will encourage you to do, and it is important to try implementing the techniques they suggest to best help you improve.