what to expect in psychotherapy
When seeking therapeutic services, many clients are looking for a new, different perspective. They recognize that they may have tunnel vision inside their relationships that makes problems appear differently than they are or they simply feel stuck.
The psychotherapy process begins with a thorough assessment of the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual elements present in your life. Most assessments take one-three sessions, but that doesn't mean you are waiting to get treated. Research shows that clients benefit from making that first appointment. Clients get the most out of therapy when they come prepared with an agenda, take notes, and are open to doing homework that their therapist assigns.
For the clients who hate the idea of doing homework, psychotherapy looks like traditional talk therapy. For others who like adding structure to their emotional work, they may get worksheets or "assigned" readings in between talk therapy sessions. When a client's presenting problem is social in nature, they may receive ideas for experiments to do then report back to their therapist.
Throughout therapy, your therapist will check in with you on how you are managing the symptoms you presented with. They should be getting better, but if they are not, there is something missing from the work you are doing and the therapist will adjust after getting that feedback.
Therapy usually ends once the therapist and you decide it is no longer necessary or you have accomplished all the goals that you set.