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Getting the most out of therapy - Part 1
We know from decades of research that psychological treatment is helpful for many people. Whether that be feeling more emotionally stable, less anxious, having better relationships, achieving goals, or coping with life changes, most people see improvements. But let's face it, change is hard. And therapy is all about change. Once therapy starts there are a number of things that will help increase the chance you’ll experience positive change. Drawing on clinical research, as well as my own personal experience as a clinical psychologist, over a miniseries of blog posts I'll outline just a few of the things that are useful to keep in mind to make sure you get the most out of therapy at Be Psychology & Mental Health, and beyond.
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How to get the most out of therapy: (1) Have Open Communication
One of the most important parts of therapy is your relationship with your therapist. Some of the most reliable factors in positive change are: Being able to communicate what your problems and goals are, feeling understood by your therapist, and agreeing on how you'll go about making change. Psychologists are experts in how people generally think, feel, and behave. You are the expert in your personal experience and your own world though. When we combine these things together we get better outcomes. Giving feedback about what is useful, and what isn't, is really important too. The more you can share with your therapist about yourself, and your thoughts about what happens in therapy, the better.
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