been seeing a psychotherapist off and on for the past ten years. I felt like
she did me a lot of good. After a break of two years, I returned to her to
deal with heavier issues (sexual abuse and related issues) and everything
seemed to have been going okay, but the six months or so, psychotherapy has
been slow going. My question is this: in spite of all the time weve
worked together, we have never discussed a treatment plan or setting goals
in psychotherapy. How important is it and is this something that could be
contributing to my feelings that psychotherapy is not going the way I would
Some forms of structured and focused treatment, such as
for phobias, have
very precise treatment plans; other forms of treatment, such as
psychodynamic psychotherapy, have no more plan than say whatever
comes to your mind, bring in your dreams, and
lets see what happens. Yet, either one of these extremes is still
a treatment plan.
psychotherapy, however, deserves to know the treatment plan, whatever it
might be. If youre not clear about the plan, askits your
right as a
if the treatment is not going the way you would like, it is important to speak
up and discuss this with your psychotherapist.
After all, if
you dont know where youre going, how can you know when you get
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