is Therapy working

Is therapy working?

You should be able to answer this quite quickly once therapy begins. You will know whether you and your therapist are a good team. Sometimes however, you may like your therapist but feel like you aren’t making progress. It’s important to evaluate your progress to make sure you’re getting what you need from therapy.

A word of caution: There is no smooth, fast road to recovery. It’s a process that’s full of complications, pain or needing to backtrack. Sometimes, what originally seemed like a straightforward problem turns into a more deeply rooted issue. Be patient and don’t get discouraged over temporary setbacks. It’s not easy to break old, entrenched patterns.

Remember that growth is difficult, and you won’t be a new person instantly.

But will begin notice positive changes in your life
Your overall mood might be improving, for example. You may feel more connected to family and friends. Or a crisis that might have overwhelmed you in the past doesn’t discombobulate you as much this time.

Your therapist should work with you, re-evaluating your objective and matching progress as necessary. However, remember that therapy isn’t a competition. You aren't a failure if you don’t meet your goals in the number of sessions you originally planned. Focus instead on overall progress and what you’ve learned along the way.

Signs that you may need to change therapists

  • You don’t feel comfortable talking about something.
  • Your therapist is dismissive of your problems or concerns.
  • Your therapist seems to have a personal agenda.
  • Your therapist does more talking than listening.
  • Your therapist tells you what to do and how to live your life.