Like any other relationship, it may take a few different therapists until you know you have found “the one.” The first therapist you visit might be a perfect match, or it may take some trial and error. Every therapy experience is different, and you deserve to find a practitioner that fits your needs.
While you may never be “finished” with therapy, you may wonder why you are not making any progress or what progress even looks like. Keep reading for information to help you uncover whether you and your current therapist are a practical pair.
How Do You Know if You Are Making Progress?
If you are unsure that you are making any progress with your current therapist, here are a few questions that may help you decide.
- Do I feel calm or relaxed during my sessions?
- Have I gained any skills I use that improve my day-to-day life/general well-being?
- Do I feel less resentment toward my past?
- Do I feel enlightened about any behaviors or cyclical feelings?
- How do I feel about my future?
If your answers to these questions are primarily positive, you are likely making progress during your sessions.
What to Do if You Are Not Making Progress
If you are several sessions in and feel like you are not making any progress, you can work with your therapist to resolve this in several ways.
First, try having a conversation with your therapist about your therapeutic needs and personal goals. This conversation opens up options for altering your treatment which may help you see more progress.
Second, you can let your therapist know your sessions are not working out and find someone new. Mentioning this might seem daunting, but it is a sign you are putting your mental health first. Therapists are professionals, so they understand they might not be suitable for each potential client.
The Next Steps
If you need help finding a compatible therapist, schedule an appointment with us today by booking online. If you have questions about our qualified psychologists or provided services, call us at (718) 805-2054 for more information.