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Making the most from your hour of therapy

Making the most from your hour of therapy

May 26, 2024

Going to therapy is an invaluable opportunity to explore your inner life with a dedicated professional, but our minds can often seize up when we're in the room, making it challenging to share our fullest selves. It's critical to get the most out of every session we set aside the time and resources for therapy, which means finding ways to open ourselves up as fully as possible.


Documenting life

One of the best ways to facilitate vulnerability in your therapy sessions is to consistently document your experiences in between appointments. Keeping a journal where you chronicle feelings, memories, hopes, resistance, pain—anything that arose in your week alongside things you want to explore with your therapist—will help you fully uncover your truths during those precious protected hours.

This allows your deepest wounds a safe space for expression so you can give your therapist as full of a picture as possible of what it is to inhabit your psyche. We all take steps to conceal ourselves from the world at times, but our therapist must bear witness to our whole experience for healing to truly take hold.

Before each session, take a few moments to review your journal entries from the previous week. This practice of mindfully checking in with yourself can help trigger memories or dynamics you wanted to process. You can even star or highlight the most pressing issues to create an easy agenda for yourself once you're with your therapist.


Trust your therapist

If you find it hard to speak about moments of suffering or shame during your sessions, remind yourself that your therapist has the professional tools and training to compassionately engage with your truths in ways others may not feel equipped to do. When we courageously allow ourselves to be vulnerable, we gain the clarity that paves pathways towards profound personal transformation.

So the next time you make your way into your therapist's office and your inner voice begins acting up with doubt or hesitation, speak your truth bravely. Have the faith that you are in exactly the right space to do so without judgment. By giving yourself full permission to reveal your whole self, you can finally begin to reimagine and make lasting changes in those experiences that previously felt too devastating to confront outright. After all, this is your therapy—your invaluable opportunity to come to know yourself anew surrounded by unimpeachable respect and tolerance for the totality of your humanity.

If you find yourself getting derailed or blocked during a session, don't be afraid to voice that experience to your therapist in the moment. They can then adjust course or help you work through whatever obstacle is arising. Regaining your footing expands your capacity to go deeper.

Ultimately, the rewards of truly opening up and bringing your full, authentic self to each therapy hour are immense. It's the path to unburdening yourself of long-held pain, releasing outdated narratives, and making room for new perspectives and ways of being. Have compassion for yourself, and trust that your therapist is your ally in this courageous work of becoming more and more whole.

Going to therapy is an invaluable opportunity to explore your inner life with a dedicated professional, but our minds can often seize up when we're in the room, making it challenging to share our fullest selves. It's critical to get the most out of every session we set aside the time and resources for therapy, which means finding ways to open ourselves up as fully as possible.


Documenting life

One of the best ways to facilitate vulnerability in your therapy sessions is to consistently document your experiences in between appointments. Keeping a journal where you chronicle feelings, memories, hopes, resistance, pain—anything that arose in your week alongside things you want to explore with your therapist—will help you fully uncover your truths during those precious protected hours.

This allows your deepest wounds a safe space for expression so you can give your therapist as full of a picture as possible of what it is to inhabit your psyche. We all take steps to conceal ourselves from the world at times, but our therapist must bear witness to our whole experience for healing to truly take hold.

Before each session, take a few moments to review your journal entries from the previous week. This practice of mindfully checking in with yourself can help trigger memories or dynamics you wanted to process. You can even star or highlight the most pressing issues to create an easy agenda for yourself once you're with your therapist.


Trust your therapist

If you find it hard to speak about moments of suffering or shame during your sessions, remind yourself that your therapist has the professional tools and training to compassionately engage with your truths in ways others may not feel equipped to do. When we courageously allow ourselves to be vulnerable, we gain the clarity that paves pathways towards profound personal transformation.

So the next time you make your way into your therapist's office and your inner voice begins acting up with doubt or hesitation, speak your truth bravely. Have the faith that you are in exactly the right space to do so without judgment. By giving yourself full permission to reveal your whole self, you can finally begin to reimagine and make lasting changes in those experiences that previously felt too devastating to confront outright. After all, this is your therapy—your invaluable opportunity to come to know yourself anew surrounded by unimpeachable respect and tolerance for the totality of your humanity.

If you find yourself getting derailed or blocked during a session, don't be afraid to voice that experience to your therapist in the moment. They can then adjust course or help you work through whatever obstacle is arising. Regaining your footing expands your capacity to go deeper.

Ultimately, the rewards of truly opening up and bringing your full, authentic self to each therapy hour are immense. It's the path to unburdening yourself of long-held pain, releasing outdated narratives, and making room for new perspectives and ways of being. Have compassion for yourself, and trust that your therapist is your ally in this courageous work of becoming more and more whole.

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Advait Naik

Advait is the founder of Verba and works at the intersection of psychology, design and technology to create a product that can help humans be more self aware through clarity