Therapy can be an immensely powerful tool for supporting people in moving towards and reaching their personal goals. A positive experience in therapy can be incredibly rewarding, gratifying, and, truly, life changing. Success and change in therapy are never guaranteed. However, it is important, and empowering, to know that you can greatly increase your chances of a productive and positive experience in therapy.
There are many ingredients that, together, can produce a positive experience in therapy, but there are two that I consider absolutely essential: a strong, therapeutic relationship between therapist and client and a strong commitment to therapy.
Your chances for experiencing success in therapy increase when you feel comfortable with and confident in the therapist you are working with. As you consider psychotherapy as a tool in supporting you to reach your goals, please consider contacting multiple providers. Ask questions about our approach and training. Find someone that fits your style and personality; someone that you feel comfortable with.
Check in with possible therapists and check in with yourself. In order to begin therapy, you do not need to know much. You don’t need to know where you are headed; you don’t need to be able to name your goals. You and your chosen therapist can work together to answer those questions. One thing that you do need is commitment. Therapy requires a commitment of of time, energy and, potentially, resources. Your opportunity for success in therapy increases when you commit to yourself and the process.
In addition to the above, it is important to know that you have rights. You have the right to considerate, safe and respectful care, without discrimination as to race, ethnicity, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, or source of payment. You have the right to ask questions about any aspects of therapy and about the specific training and experience of any therapist that you connect with.