Unlocking Success in Therapy: Overcoming Common Challenges

Unlocking Success in Therapy: Overcoming Common Challenges

Unlocking Success in Therapy: Overcoming Common Challenges

Why Doesn’t Therapy Work For Some People?
We often hear of clients who have tried therapy, even going so far as to try multiple therapists, and are struggling to see results.


Explore the reasons why therapy might not yield results for everyone as Leah Weisberg, our Clinic Founder, breaks down common challenges and provides insights for overcoming them. From emotional readiness to therapeutic approaches, learn how to make your therapy journey a success. Below she outlines a few different reasons that therapy works for some and not for others;

 

1.Forced Attendance.

Change is never easy. If your parents, spouse or employer for instance, pushed you to attend therapy, you will often hold back and remain resistant to self reflection or the pressure of change. Therapy works best when initiated by the individual when they are ready.

 

2. Emotional Readiness.

Every client is on a continuum of self-development. At a given point in your life you may want to address a particular issue that has been bothering you, but often other issues come up in the process of therapy that you were not ready to deal with. This can lead you to disengage from the process and withdraw.  You can be ready to work on some areas of personal growth while not being ready to work on other areas.  The main thing to ask yourself is, what specific goal I am looking to achieve at THIS time, and how can I communicate with my therapists what areas I want to leave aside for now.

 

3. Bad Timing.

Although we may have every good intention to make progress in self-development, sometimes our hectic lives don’t allow for the physical and mental time needed to take part in and process therapy.  It takes dedication on the part of the client to attend weekly sessions, and to have time to reflect between appointments. If you are too busy, have many competing demands, or are working on too many different goals simultaneously, it’s unlikely that therapy is going to very effective at this time.

 

4. It was the wrong therapeutic approach.

There are so many different approaches that therapists can use in session. These include the more commonly known; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness Based Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy- or the lesser known; Emotionally Focused Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy or Attachment Based Therapy. Therapists continue developing their skills after they graduate from school, and will choose from a plethora of modalities to train in.  Some develop a niche in somatic based therapies, while others will really focus on a Strengths Based or Solution Focused Approach. It can be a lot to understand what each of these modalities is about, how they work and for who they work for – so I can imagine that a friend might refer you to someone that she heard is good, but without knowing much about their style or orientation. That’s why it’s crucial to do your homework. At Dynamic Health we have over a dozen therapists, all with unique strengths and skills. We always start by providing a complimentary 30-minute phone assessment to gather information and to make the best recommendation tailored to your needs.  This includes understanding what your main concerns are and recommending the therapist trained in the most evidenced based approach for those issues.

 

5. It was a poor personality match.

We all have specific types of people that we gravitate to, and the same goes when looking for a therapist. Similar to dating, you want someone that you vibe with and feel connected to. Getting to know what personality traits a therapist has before starting to work with them will help you decide if he or she is the right fit. At Dynamic Health, we guarantee that if you don’t like the first session with your assigned therapist, we will credit you with a free session with a different practitioner at the clinic. Research shows that when all is said and done, successful therapy occurs for no reason other than whether or not the client feels a positive therapeutic relationship with his or her therapist. 

 

6. Lack of understanding how therapy works.

Each person brings their own set of values, beliefs, challenges and desires to therapy. No two sessions are alike, and no two individuals will have the same experience. What you can expect, however, is that your self-awareness will increase, you will learn new coping strategies to help you deal with stressors during your regular day-to-day life, and you will receive support so you don’t feel alone. Often arriving with the expectation that therapy will be life transforming in just two sessions will set you up for failure. Therapy is a process, it takes time (and different lengths of time for different people). It’s critical that you work closely with your therapist to establish goals that you want to work towards and stay open about what’s working and what’s not.

 

7. Need for long term therapy.

Some issues, such as developmental trauma or past abuse, may require years to unravel and move past.  Don’t be alarmed if for these more intense issues that you require years of therapy, using specific trauma-focused interventions.  Often cost plays a role in continuing therapy, as well as motivation to keep going when you aren’t seeing progress, however true processing of traumatic events and development of mindset can take a long time for specific people.

So even if you’ve tried before, don’t ever stop looking to grow, change and develop.  Look for the right person, at the right time, with the right training and commit to yourself because you are worth it!

Book a free 30-minute consultation with our Care Manager today to see if one of our therapists is the right fit for you: 

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