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July 18, 2023
Here are 6 things your therapist wants you to know. Most importantly, we are there for you. We care for you. We believe in you. We want the best for you. We are excited and happy you are here.
1. We genuinely care about you.
You are more than a job and paycheck. Your therapist thinks about you from time to time in between sessions. They are researching and learning on your behalf to know how they can best help you. They reflect on the session and what could have gone better.. They love to see your success and genuinely empathize in the sad dark moments. Your therapist truly wants the best for you
2. We can’t work harder than you.
Therapists are not miracle workers. We can not wave a magic wand and fix your problems. We are there to guide, help, and assist you in your therapeutic experience. I always tell my clients “YOU… are the secret sauce.” You are what makes the magic of therapy come to life. One hour a week will not fix your life. You have to put in the work outside of therapy. We can’t and do not want to force you to do anything; it is critical you show up wanting growth and change for yourself. The more work you put in the more likely you are to progress.
3. We are not judging you.
Vulnerability is scary; we understand that firsthand. It is natural to avoid vulnerability. We hear the full spectrum of concerns and experiences, you will not surprise us. Every individual has core conflicts and beliefs. Each of these are individual and personal to them. But we all have them. We or anyone else, have no right to judge another’s circumstance. Not only are you not being judged, we feel honored to be a part of this process with you. We know how much courage and strength it takes to confront and address these inner concerns.
4. We want and need your honesty.
In order for a therapist to help you in full capacity, we need the full truth. If we only have partial truths we can only partially help. You will not offend, burden, or push us away. We also love your feedback. What are we doing well and even more importantly, how can we improve your experience? The entire therapeutic experience will improve the more honest the client is to the therapist.
5. We wish we could see you grow after therapy.
Our whole job is to work ourselves out of a job. Since we genuinely care about you and have truly grown to like you, it is bittersweet to see you go. We appreciate and have come to love our time with you. It is a privilege to see you grow, change, and become who you are meant to be. We want to continue to see that unfold. Even though we can’t, know your therapist is always there for you cheering you on. Of course, once a therapist’s door has been opened, it is always open. If you need us in the future, we will be there for you.
6. We know that what we ask you to do is hard.
When approached correctly, therapy is hard. We as therapists know that. We know what we ask you to do is difficult and vulnerable. Don’t forget we are human too, so we too would think (and do think) what we ask you to do is hard. We know it stretches you; that is the whole point. All we ask from you is your effort. We never expect perfection, just effort. Your best is and always will be enough.
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