Education and Understanding
I have always had a hard time when given a task to do with no explanation of why I am doing it. I have found that by taking the time to listen to my clients and giving them feedback as to the mechanics of the brain and why or how they may have certain beliefs or behaviors, it is then easier for them to engage in the therapeutic process. Psychoeducation brings us together, as it applies to all of us. Experiential discussion follows and is more personal in nature. Sometimes my clients find benefit from exercises which we learn in session and which they then practice at home.
Through Bibliotherapy I share pertinent books and articles which further aid in the understanding of how our brains work, the different ways we think and feel and how life itself presents both challenges and opportunities for growth.
I ask my clients to keep a journal. Some do, and some don’t. I have found that those who do have more profound, lasting results. When we write, we process and we get our intrusive thoughts out of our head. When we feel the words leave our brain and make their place on paper, we get to hear and see our stories in a way we can not, when they go unwritten.