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The therapeutic relationship between the therapist and client is very important. Without a safe and comfortable relationship between therapist and client, the entire process can be strained and uncomfortable. Try to remember that trust takes time. Work on building a relationship with your therapist every time you meet. Here are a few simple suggestions to get you started in creating a healthy therapeutic relationship.

Talk Openly and Honestly

Talking about your struggles can feel awkward, and it can be frightening to open up to a complete stranger. Start small and continue to work towards feeling comfortable opening up to your therapist. The more open you can be with your therapist, the better they will be able to support you on your journey.

Communicate Your Goals

Talk with your therapist about what you want to accomplish, both in your sessions and in life in general. You probably have a vision for your future or what you would like to do with your life. Talk about it. Your therapist wants to know the direction you want to take your goals. If your therapist knows what your goals are, they will be better able to help you reach those goals and understand the steps you need to get you there.

Do Your Homework

The work of therapy does not simply happen in the therapist’s office. You will probably be given some sort of homework or something to work on between appointments. Try to put your best effort into that homework. You will slowly start to see and feel the benefits of the homework, which will help your trust and comfort grow. Doing your homework will make your sessions with your therapist more productive.

Ask Questions

If you have never been in therapy or you have received a new diagnosis, ask questions. Learning is a huge part of the therapeutic process. Your therapist wants to help and support you. They want to be able to answer your questions and help you work towards a better understanding of your mental health issues.

Building a strong therapeutic relationship with your therapist is an essential part of recovery. Feeling safe and comfortable with your therapist is very important. Start small and work towards opening up and being honest about your issues. Talk about your goals and ask questions so that you can work towards understanding your mental health better. Here at The Guest House, we understand that everyone is on an individual journey. We will tailor your treatment plan to fit your individual needs. Call us today at (855) 483-7800 to learn more about our treatment options.