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How to Make Therapy Work For You

The idea of going to therapy might seem really scary, and it might keep you from seeking the help you need. Sitting in a room, or on a Zoom call, with someone you deem as a stranger and telling them your problems can be overwhelming or it might feel like you’ll never be able to open up fully. When you take the leap and decide to seek help for your problems, it’s important to remember that therapy is a collaborative effort. As therapists, we’ve all had clients that open up after one session and we’ve also had clients that take months to open up fully. We are here to navigate this experience with you.

Finding a counselor that works with you can be a tricky game. Therapy is for you, so it is okay to switch if it does not feel right.

So, what does that mean? It means that your therapist will design a treatment plan with you and will help you with whatever you want to work on. It’s important to remember that there is a reason you’re seeking therapy, or reading this blog. You want to feel like yourself again, or create a better you. This means letting go of the stereotype that therapy is an awkward situation where you’re sitting on a couch while your therapist makes notes in a notebook that make you wonder what they’re saying. The truth is that therapy is what you make of it. If you want to open up in your first session because you need someone to listen, we’re there for you. We’re also here for you if you take months to tell us all about your life.

Working collaboratively with your therapist requires honesty and hard work. It means trusting that your therapist has your best interest at heart and wouldn’t judge you for what you’re going through. Our job is about supporting you, listening to you, and giving you skills to navigate life’s experiences as they arise. Think of your therapist as someone that is a non-judgemental listener, not someone that is going to judge. Most therapists decided to become therapists because we want to help and we are trained to see things differently than you might. This means that when you tell us about something that is happening in your life, we offer an alternative point of view or a way to help yourself.

Online therapy could be a great resource for those with hectic schedules.

So the real question is how do you make therapy work for you? You let go of all notions of what therapy is and not see your therapist as a stranger who is going to judge you. You also work with your therapist to create a plan that gives you a toolbox of coping skills. If your therapist is wrong about something, you can tell them and they can shift gears to try something else. While your therapist can’t be your friend, we can be a listening ear that truly does care.

If you’re hesitant about therapy, we understand. We’re proud of you for even thinking about seeking help, and we want to be the person that can guide you through life. The therapists at Mindsight are here to answer any of your questions and create a collaborative relationship with you.

Shelby Case is a new therapist at Mindsight Louisville! Shelby's favorite things include spending time with her animals and her spouse, watching television (currently they are watching Big Brother), and taking road trips. When she isn't providing therapy to clients, she can be found playing video games (her favorite is The Sims 4) or spending too much money at a thrift store. Shelby's favorite color is green and her guilty pleasure is reality TV shows.

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