There are many misconceptions out there on what therapy is and what to expect from it. This can prevent a person from getting the help they need to overcome their addiction or other condition. Knowing what to expect in general can ease your nerves about the therapeutic journey process and make it smoother.
The Therapist’s Role
A skilled, educated and compassionate therapist can help patients reveal hidden blocks and causes for one’s suffering. The therapist can help make sense of difficult situations and remove some of the mystery of a person’s conditions in life. Therapists can help patients work through their issues and understand themselves on a higher level. While the therapist can help enormously with one’s situation, it is ultimately up to the patient to participate and work with the therapist in order to resolve anything. The therapist alone cannot fix a patient’s unwanted conditions.
Length of Therapy
The length of therapy varies from person to person, but can typically last from a few sessions to several years. It is always the client’s choice on whether they want to continue going to therapy for their own benefit or to stop receiving therapy sessions. In therapy, the therapist doesn’t necessarily fix a person’s problems but will try to promote growth within the client. This is because, n order to fix the problems a person is experiencing, the person often has to grow and improve their lives. While a one-time fix does occur in therapy, true healing and progress requires time and often several therapy sessions.
Therapy Can Be Unpredictable
Just like anything in life, therapy can be somewhat unpredictable at times, such as revealing something that can be hard to accept by the client. This is why therapy often takes time and patients, and why it requires the person to grow in order to improve. Sometimes what we think will be an easy fix, will take a lot longer than what we had originally thought, and sometimes when one obstacle is overcome, another one pops up. However, when therapy is used correctly and done continuously, clients will go home with a better understanding of who they are.
Therapists Can Be on Their Own Therapeutic Journey
We often see therapists as perfect beings. However, this is not the case. Therapists are humans just like us, and it’s not uncommon for therapists to be on their own therapeutic journey seeking guidance on a regular basis from another therapist. This makes therapists more compassionate and understanding of their patients’ journeys in return.
Learn More About the Therapeutic Journey Process at A Forever Recovery
Therapy is rarely a one-time quick fix solution. More often than not, therapy is a process that requires patients and continuous participation on part of both the therapist and the patient. We know that therapy can be somewhat mysterious, which is why we want to take it upon ourselves to educate our patients on what they can expect on their therapeutic journey during rehabilitation at our rehabilitation facility, and for when they return home.
At A Forever Recovery, we have sought to bring together several trained and licensed professionals or certified recovering members of many different modalities that have a background in the addiction field. We aim to provide a recovering environment that is completely unique by bringing together many different types of counselors.
We want to guide our clients into finding the type of treatments that are best for their specific needs. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction and would like to learn more about the therapeutic journey process, call us at our toll-free number to speak with one of our advisors.