You don’t need to be mentally ill to sit down with a psychotherapist. You may be stressed, you may be anxious, you may be sad. Whatever the case, oftentimes it’s best to just meet with a psychotherapist and reveal what’s on your mind.
What you hate or what you love, what you desire or what you don’t want anymore. It’s these things that sometimes seem trivial that are essential to let go and move on with your life.
Unsure what to do? First, think about seeing a registered psychotherapist. Second, take advantage of it.
Here are five ways you can succeed with a psychotherapist:
1. It Should be an Addition to Your Life
One of the reasons why you have sought out a psychotherapist is to solve a problem in your life, improve your state of mind, or let go of a concern that has plagued most of your life.
Psychotherapists often provide a solution to your problems. Some patients accept the solution, some patients reject it. Of course, the latter are typically the ones who say psychotherapist doesn’t work and that you should turn to another avenue to get assistance.
However, when a psychotherapist offers a remedy, you need to incorporate it into your life.
For instance, if you suffer from severe social anxiety and he recommends that you spark conversations with strangers or you stand tall at a party, you need to heed the advice.
Should you ignore their suggestions, you won’t get very far in your self-help.
2. Maintain a Journal for Reflection
Before you head to bed on the day of your session, you should start a journal, write down what happened, and reflect of what transpired. By maintaining a journal, you can look back and determine what you and your psychotherapist concentrated on or what you have learned.
It can be difficult to rummage through your mind and try to think what took place during a particular appointment seven weeks ago. You cover a lot of territory, so record every session.
3. Arrive Early, Collect Thoughts & Get Ready
Most patients have an hour with a psychotherapist. Time is limited, don’t waste it.
Here is what you can do on the day of your appointment:
- Arrive to the clinic 10 to 15 minutes beforehand.
- Sit down, collect your thoughts, and determine what you want to discuss.
- Get yourself prepared to open up to the psychotherapist.
If you do this at the start of your session, then you will have wasted precious minutes.
4. Be Honest & Accept Feedback
A common issue that patients have is that they refrain from being honest. It is as if they only attend sessions with their psychotherapist to seek confirmation or to be told nothing is wrong with them. But a psychotherapist only knows what you tell him. You can lie to him, but not yourself. If you want to fib, then what’s the objective of seeing a health professional.
Ultimately, you must aim to be honest at all times with the psychotherapist. If he asks a question, be honest, no matter how embarrassed you might be.
Moreover, if the psychotherapist offers sound advice or needs to be frank with you, then you must accept his feedback. This consists of either accepting responsibility for an instance in your life or going through with a procedure to enhance your own life.
5. Say What’s on Your Mind
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, you must say what is on your mind. This is crucial to the success of psychotherapy.
A flashback to a childhood incident. A random thought about a relationship. A sudden impulse. You should always inform the psychotherapist what’s on your mind. This is the only way you can tackle the specific problem that is plaguing your day-to-day life.
Indeed, this will be hard at first, but the more you get to know the person, the easier it’ll be.
There is a common misconception in popular culture that psychotherapists merely sit in a chair and allow you to prattle on a particular issue. Although listening to a patient talk for a long period of time is a form of practice, that isn’t the only thing that’s involved. There’s more to it.
With stress levels surging, mental health setbacks becoming more ubiquitous, and the weight of life on our shoulders, it’s surprising that more people don’t sit down with psychotherapists.
If you do book an appointment with one, then be sure to adopt these suggestions.