There are some interesting things to know about therapy. The client(s) and the therapist both have important roles to play so that the therapy outcome is productive. I will go into individual responsibilities further below.
The therapeutic relationship is extremely important. The client should feel comfortable, safe, and in a respectful environment. The client should feel that the therapist is trustworthy, listens, gives helpful feedback, and that they are actively working towards achievable and realistic goals. The therapist also has the right to feel safe, comfortable, and respected. Together the client and therapist should have a positive working relationship during which they can hopefully speak about all issues, including uncomfortable ones. It’s important that you feel the therapist is likeable and trustworthy. Compare it to a friendship.. it’s either there or it’s not. You can not force a therapeutic relationship with someone your not comfortable speaking with. If you want to learn more about this, please refer to my blog “The Therapeutic Fit.”
The Clients Responsabilities Include (but are not limited to): To be open to the therapy process. To speak honestly with the therapist about how they are feeling. To understand that it’s normal if things get worse before it gets better. Therapy can be fairly time consuming. Therapy is most beneficial when it is routine and consistent on either a weekly or bimonthly basis, depending on the need. You get out of therapy what you are willing to put into it. And no I don’t mean money! To complete homework assignments given between sessions (this varies). To notify the therapist if a crisis is occurring or dial 911/ go to the ER if needed.
Therapist Responsabilites (Include but are not limited to): To be a nonjudgmental and trustworthy person to provide skills to help you work towards your goals. To provide availability of consistent and routine treatment. To keep your information protected and confidential. To provide appropriate assessment (testing as needed) and treatment diagnosis. To develop treatment goals and ways to achieve these. To educate you about the issues that you are coping with. To teach you multiple ways to cope with your symptoms. One way does not work for all, and it’s important to have a toolbox full! To offer recommendations when needed. To provide insight when necessary. To help you find the answers, as much as possible. To increase your awareness and insight into your symptoms and what is impacting them. To provide you with the resources to be successful.
If you have any questions.. please feel free to contact me.
Angie Simonton LCSW-BACS