Many questions can arise when you are considering working with a therapist and beginning a specific type of therapy. One of the most common questions is one you may have yourself: How to talk to your therapist. Let’s dive into this question and discuss the best ways to get the most out of working with a therapist.
How to Talk to Your Therapist
It’s no secret that talking is an essential part of most forms of therapy and can significantly impact treatment outcomes. Learning to communicate with your therapist is important. It can play a large role in how effective your sessions are. Below are some things to keep in mind when you talk to your therapist.
You must be completely honest and transparent when you talk to your therapist. This applies to topics you discuss in therapy, but also to how you feel your sessions are going. If you’re ever unsure about your sessions or feel uncomfortable with something your therapist is doing, bring your concerns to their attention.
Feeling like you can’t be fully honest with your therapist may be a sign they are not the right fit for you. Consider examining your feelings and ways that you could feel more comfortable in your sessions. If this doesn’t prove fruitful, it may be time to explore other options.
Your Therapist and Boundaries
Guidelines are important when it comes to maintaining a healthy therapeutic relationship. Talk to your therapist about their boundaries. They may have drawn lines around the questions they feel comfortable answering, especially when it comes to sharing personal information. Similarly, examine yourself, your expectations, and your goals and set boundaries where necessary for therapy sessions. This can guide your conversations and give you starting points to talk to your therapist.
Talking Outside of Sessions
Some therapists feel comfortable communicating with their clients outside of sessions. For others, communication is limited to scheduled sessions. It’s important to make sure that you have a clear understanding of how your therapist handles this so that everyone is on the same page and feels comfortable. Even if your therapist is okay with chatting outside of sessions, you can decide for yourself whether you’d like to do so.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed at the thought of starting therapy, you’re not alone. So many different people worry about whether therapy is the right choice for them. The good news is that there are dozens of different kinds of therapists available, so most people are able to find a match that works well for them. If you’re interested in starting therapy and learning more about your options, feel free to give us a call at (844) 857-5992. We provide a variety of different therapies and are here to share more information.