7 Tips for Success
in Your Therapy
If you’re a little nervous about starting this journey, that’s ok. Starting anything new can be a bit scary. Allow yourself to feel whatever you feel.
Taking notes during a session can be very helpful. You might want to review things you learned or found helpful during the session (during your week). I encourage all clients to keep a notebook with them.
After each session, you will be given a homework assignment. It might be something you write down or simply think about. You are encouraged to complete each assignment, as they form a bridge between each of our sessions and help you prepare for each upcoming session.
Be honest about your therapy experience. Sometimes the truth is painful, but I want to know how I’m doing as your therapist. If you don’t tell me what you think, I can’t continue to grow and learn. Think about it this way: Your honesty makes me better at what I do. Which means, you make me better at what I do.
Let’s laugh! I sometimes tell clients, “If we’re not laughing in our sessions, then we’re not doing therapy right.” Don’t be afraid to let your funny side show.
Be as prepared as you can for each session. Reviewing your notes and homework is a great way to get prepared. Getting a good night’s sleep will also help.
Change takes time. Very few problems get solved quickly. Most paths just aren’t that smooth. I encourage you to be patient and gentle with yourself as you begin your journey.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.