Once you’ve decided to see a cognitive behavioral therapist, you should think about ways you can make every therapy session more effective. Being comfortable with the therapist you see is essential, but there are plenty of other factors to help you have the right mindset. These tips can ensure you can maximize the benefits of every therapy session and get exactly what you need.
Find A Therapist You’re Comfortable With
Narrow your options down by only considering a licensed clinical psychologist. You can also think about therapists who offer online teletherapy, but are available for in-person appointments as well. In addition to educational and professional experience, you have to find a therapist you’re comfortable with. Collaboration is critical, and knowing you connect with the therapist and that they have your back can help you feel more comfortable.
Never Give Up
Always show up to your therapy sessions. Prioritize it around your busy schedule and make sure you show up mentally as well as physically. According to the American Psychological Association, it takes roughly 15-20 sessions for 50% of patients to report improvements of their symptoms. Diligence and effort will benefit you in the long run.
Set Goals And Be Honest With Yourself
Come up with goals with your cognitive behavioral therapist and evaluate them frequently. Be honest with yourself if a goal needs to be adjusted or if something isn’t working. Understand that you might not always hear what you want to hear, but that’s part of changing for the better. Be willing to be challenged and you’ll slowly experience growth.
Take Notes And Practice What You’ve Learned
Sometimes taking notes during a therapy session is important, especially when you are learning new skills. Then review those notes later and practice what you’ve learned in day-to-day situations. The best way to see growth consistently is to apply your knowledge, but don’t be afraid to talk to your cognitive behavioral therapist if you’re struggling. Change is difficult. You’ve already taken the steps and shown the courage to change, though, so you’re headed in the right direction and just need to keep moving forward.
As a clinical psychologist, I want to help you feel as comfortable as possible when you talk to me. I completely understand the emotions and challenges you might be facing every day, but I also know you have the strength to overcome them. I’m with you every step of your journey to being at peace with your life, so contact me today to move one step closer to living the life you want.