I am completing a study to better understand the differences in responses to therapy. Some individuals appreciate therapy, saying they have received great benefit, growth, and support. Others admit to having a much different experience. It will be very helpful to understand different experiences from many different individuals. What do you believe was the most important quality in your therapist that caused the experience to be a success or fail? What would you change about your therapist? If you have had a successful and non-successful experience, what was the difference between the two?
Well to start, I chose to go to therapy. I was battling self harm and suicidal thoughts, and just an overall awful image. The first thing my therapist asked me is if I thought of killing myself, and asked me how I would do it. When I responded, she told me the effects of what would happen. Say, if I told her pills. She would tell me what the pills would do. She was very straight forward and would always break things down for me. If I had a problem, she would ask me how I would assess it. As much as I appreciated her helping me gather my thoughts, the problem was I didn't know where to go with my thoughts. I wish she would have been a little more understanding at certain points, such as when I was battling with my self image and just thoughts overall. More advice is what I would have liked. You can tell me that my thinking is flawed, and that I should do this to change it, but if I fee incapable of changing my thoughts what do I do? Sorry this was awful and not very explanatory but I hope it kind of helped.