To make the most out of counselling, you will need to focus on taking what you learn in counselling and applying it to real life. The reality is that 50 minutes once a week can only do so much to make a long-lasting change in your life - like all other skills, it takes practice!
Here are a few tips to make the most out of your sessions:
Don’t expect a therapist to tell you what to do. Therapy, progress and recovery is a partnership. The therapist will guide you and make suggestions towards positive change, but only you can make the changes.
Be open about your feelings. You will get the most out of therapy if you are open and honest about what is going on. If you are embarrassed, ashamed, or unwilling to talk about something, communicate that with your therapist. Slowly you can work toward moving forward.
Make healthy lifestyle changes. There are side things you can do that will help support your mental and emotional health. Reach out to others, eat well, exercise often, get plenty of sleep, and allow time to unwind and relax. As simple as these steps sound, they have tremendous impact on mental and emotional wellbeing.
Commit to therapy. Try your best not to skip sessions unless you have to. If your therapist gives you homework, be sure to do it. If you are feeling reluctant about therapy or feeling nervous to talk about something, tell your therapist but be sure to believe in the process and give it time.
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