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2021-12-03

Mental Health Affairs

The Final Solution to the Mental Health Crisis

How to get the most from your mental health therapy

is treatment not getting to the root of your issues?

Your current therapist

Are you not getting the results you are looking for with your therapist? is treatment not getting to the root of your issues? Are you still talking about the same problems and not making progress in therapy? Well, it might be time to get involved in a higher level of care or more rigorous and comprehensive treatment or new modality. Another more plausible explanation is that you are not engaging with your current therapist or investing enough in your treatment.

Should you change therapists?

These days, with the rise of new miracle therapies and a never-ending array of available treatment options, people are looking for fast results and good outcomes without investing energy into the therapeutic process. Well, I believe this belief in immediate results is a big issue when experiencing lasting therapeutic gains throughout therapy with consistently positive outcomes. Instead, people need to invest themselves in the therapeutic process throughout treatment. When it comes to healing and real deep work, there is no quick way to go about unpacking harmful shards of cancerous trauma from your clinical picture and history.

Investing in youself

I’m not talking about money. I am talking about energy and work. The work involved brings energy, trust, and willingness to look back and be vulnerable with your therapist every session. Only when you get your entire self front and center to the workbench in session are all the aspects of your trauma history and healing in targeting a range of skilled therapists tending to your care. Treatment fit is more than just a modality the therapist is using in the course of your therapy. Instead, when engagement is at its peak, lousy day, or reasonable, you will be more prepared and ready to live through them. Good day or wrong, none of us have a choice about living. We do and hope it gets done the best way. Good therapy takes away the element of surprise and puts you back into the driver seat of life with enough skills and savvy to make informed choices about how you live and what you want from living.

Quality therapy

A therapist delivering quality-driven and clinically consistent impactful therapy invest just as much energy as the patient’s needs to produce results and good outcomes. For many patrons and consumers of treatment, this may be a big surprise. However, for seasoned therapists, this is a scientific fact. Despite what many people think about how therapy works, equal investment of energy by both therapist and patient could not be more evidence-based if EBP (Evidence-Based Practices) needed a perfect model. Patients like to blame everyone but themselves for not healing fast enough, especially the therapist in charge of their care.

Obstacles to getting the most from therapy

Why is this the case? Let’s break it down on both sides. Have you ever met with a therapist that is dull, unmotivating, and low energy? Sleep apnea aside, I still would have fallen asleep in session with such a therapist. Any therapist is worthy of a characterize isn’t a good situation. Just like an unhelpful friend, a therapist who is character-like and more animated than purposeful in their communication brings with it an element of familiarity that may cultivate complacency or, even worse, stagnation in the rollout of your therapy over time. When you are sleeping in session or just paying lip service to the therapist leading session, dont expect to experience robust gains. At the very best, in cases where you are not invested in session and paying close attention to the work done in session, a therapist will only flag immediate issues and generally get a sense of your mental status from session to session.

Measuring progress in therapy

People don’t make progress in life sleeping or therapy when they are sleeping during the session. Patients must be awake, vigil enough to detect internal and external sensations to detect changes to how they process session content. Patients also must actively respond to the therapeutic probe’s highly spontaneous motor function at work in the session. In the end, if patients feel restricted or cut off from the course of their treatment, they will be less likely to push against unhealthy or misguided therapeutic probes in therapy. People must learn where to stand in the wake of the therapeutic distress invoked by the therapist to know new limits, insights, and awareness. This back and forth pushback in the path of new session content and direction creates an energy transfer and release of damaging impurities in our lives. A gentle and positive reframe to understand ourselves and the world more healthily.

Assumptions/Misperceptions about therapy

I have observed people sitting beside me in group therapy working on the same issues ad infinite. Now, there is something to be said about working on problems chronic in treatment. That’s fine if the issue is genuinely chronic and needs weekly or monthly maintenance. What is chronic and what is acute, in my opinion, and most cases, is not in the eye of the beholder. Look, folks, I’ve made huge mistakes myself regarding wholesale incorrect assumptions about how to reach therapeutic goals. The real work can very easily slip past us in therapy when we dont work closely with a therapist to keep the real outstanding issues front and center or at least accessible to the therapeutic process.

A word about ‘lazy’ therapists

Sometimes, for one reason or another, people will discover there are lazy therapists. Some are too lazy to refer out or let go of a cash cow patient paying out of pocket for unnecessary treatment. The more likely scenario is you will find an ambitious and overzealous clinician more interested in finally correcting a historically problematic issue in their caseload in terms of outcomes or demographics.

Terminating treatment

An ethical good-natured therapist will shift the therapeutic focus to more meaningful and considerable roadblocks in their patient’s life. I will provide a case example. After ten years, my groupmate is still actively grieving the loss of her husband. Sure, I feel for this groupmate. She loved her husband. However, the more significant issue and the more chronic issue isn’t the loss of her husband. Her crippling anxiety and the real problem is the therapist’s unwillingness to shift the therapeutic focus away from her difficulty passing through the bereavement process.

When is it time to stop?

It is too easy to sit back and complain about death and issues we cant control. The real work will always be the work itself. Investing ourselves means investing energy into the therapeutic process. And, like all work and investments in our health, eventually, we will get back less and less in terms of therapeutic gains even if we invest the same amount of energy into the process. What we gain are diminishing returns. Most of the time, it means moving on to a new therapist or trying a new therapeutic modality. I am going to take a slightly different approach to this issue and stay on message. When you begin to benefit less from the energy you invest into the work. Invest even more until you get the results you are looking for or walk away knowing you did all you could to move forward in your healing.

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