Magdalena Ratajczyk - psychoterapeuta, pedagog

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Is psychotherapy working?

Have you ever wondered how to tell if therapy is working well? here are a few tips that can help you assess the effectiveness of therapy:

  1. Therapy takes time: Remember that therapy takes time and trust in the therapist and the process. You will feel relief at many points, but there may be times during therapy when you feel temporarily worse. Don’t worry, this is normal. It is important to discuss this with your therapist.
  2. You understand yourself better: do you notice changes in the way you think and perceive situations? Are you starting to understand yourself and your motivations better? Are you beginning to see alternative perspectives and ways of solving problems? If therapy helps you to look at things from a different angle and to see past thought traps, then you are moving in the right direction.
  3. Improved relationships and communication: If therapy helps you build healthier and more satisfying relationships, it’s a good sign.
  4. Reduction in symptoms of mental disorders: Over the course of therapy, the symptoms you came to see the therapist with will gradually diminish. You will begin to feel relief from anxiety, depression or other emotional problems. These are signs that the therapy is working. NOTE: Some symptoms may get worse temporarily. Talk to your therapist about this.
  5. Progress in achieving therapeutic goals: Are you achieving your intended therapeutic goals? Do you notice progress in solving the problems you’re working on in therapy? If therapy helps you achieve your goals and strive for positive changes in your life, it’s a good indicator of effectiveness.
  6. You trust the therapist and feel that they want to help you: A good therapeutic relationship is the foundation of successful therapy. You may feel different emotions towards your therapist, and this is perfectly normal. The most important thing is that you trust your therapist and feel that he or she is on your side. If you have any doubts, talk to your therapist about them. There is room for all feelings and concerns in a good therapeutic relationship.

Remember that every therapy is individual, and results may vary depending on the person and the issue you’re working on. If you have doubts about the effectiveness of therapy, it’s always worth discussing your concerns with your therapist. They can help you understand what changes to expect and how to assess the effectiveness of therapy in your case.

Keep in mind that the therapeutic process can be time-consuming and requires commitment and patience. However, if you notice positive changes in your life and experience benefits from therapy, it’s a sign that it’s effective.