Getting the Most out of Therapy

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Published on March 12, 2014

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Dr Barry Slone is a problem-solving, solution-driven psychologist with a private practice in Aliso Viejo, California. Dr. Barry Slone provides psychotherapy and counseling to patients who have a host of psychological disorders and issues, including depression, anxiety, substance addiction, and relationship distress. Therapy can be highly effective in helping people to grapple with these problems, but patients need to follow basic advice to get the most out of the experience.

By Barry Slone

 Dr Barry Slone is a problem-solving, solution-driven psychologist with a private practice in Aliso Viejo, California. Dr. Barry Slone provides psychotherapy and counseling to patients who have a host of psychological disorders and issues, including depression, anxiety, substance addiction, and relationship distress. Therapy can be highly effective in helping people to grapple with these problems, but patients need to follow basic advice to get the most out of the experience.

 1. Find a therapist you are comfortable with, and approach therapy as a partnership. It is important to feel at ease around your therapist and to be an active participant in decisions about major psychological issues and how to deal with them. 2. Be honest and open. Psychotherapy can be of benefit only if you are prepared to disclose your thoughts, experiences, and feelings. If you have reservations about opening up about painful or embarrassing topics, let the therapist know. Don't lie or put on a mask about how you are feeling.

 3. Stick to your treatment plan, and don't expect instant results. The first few sessions of therapy require patients to begin confronting their psychological issues and can be painful. It is not uncommon for people to feel worse during this early stage or to be frustrated with their apparent lack of progress. You may lose motivation during this initial part of therapy, but keep attending regularly. Skipping sessions will disrupt the treatment and impede your progress.

 4. Do your homework. If your therapist asks you to prepare for subsequent sessions by keeping a mood journal, writing down how you feel or engaging in different activities, follow through even though you do not feel like it. While doing this homework can feel like a chore, it will help you apply what you are learning in your sessions.

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