While many are now open to seek professional help for mental health issues, they still lack awareness of how a therapy works and the complete benefit they can get from it.
In psychotherapy both the client and the psychologist work together for finding solution for the client’s problem. It is a effort you make that could bring change in your life and make it better. There are clients who do not clarify things with the therapist and later suffer its consequences. When you know that something has a very big importance in your life, why not be a little more careful and aware about the whole process.
Here are a few questions that you can ask your psychologist when you are undergoing therapy to make it more easier and effective:
- What is the whole plan? – Asking about the whole plan can give you a bigger picture about how the therapy is going to work. This will you make you mentally prepared for it before hand.
- Are there alternatives? – If you feel uncomfortable about the treatment plan presented ask for other alternatives. If the presented plan does not work you will at least know that there are other ways to address the issue.
- How many sessions will the therapy take? - Knowing about the number of sessions and timings will help you organize your activities accordingly. The number of sessions will also allow you to prepare for the kind of commitment needed.
- Will the therapy work if I take a longer break between sessions? – Many reschedule sessions ignoring the fact that if would affect the treatment process. So it is better to confirm how long gaps you can have between sessions that wont affect the process.
- What will happen if I discontinue in between? – Unexpected situations may arise where in you will need to discontinue, such as financial loss. Knowing about it would help you be prepared for it.
- When can I see improvement? – Knowing when to expect change will not only give you hopes but will also assure whether the therapy is working or not?
- Is there any particular activity I should avoid? – This will only help you make the process effective.
- Are there any limitations for this therapy? – Knowing about limitations will make you prepared for it. You can also discuss on the ways to cope with the limitations.
- Who else will know about my situation? – It is important to ask about their confidentiality protocol as different places may have different protocols.
- Can I contact you personally if there is any emergency or after the sessions are over? – This may differ from psychologists to psychologist. Some may offer to help and some may not. It is anyways better to confirm so that when you need help you can immediately call for help or seek help from others.