How is a good patient in psychotherapy?

Many of us ask ourselves such questions: How can we identify a good or a bad psychologist? You can find various articles on the Internet, in magazines and many other places where they give recommendations and even instructions.

Corn… How can we identify if we are a good patient? What to do for patients in therapy?

To find out what people think, I did a survey and I was able to find some interesting things.

    The keys to being a good patient in psychotherapy

    Most of us think that the treating psychologist needs to know when we are lying. This idea stems from the belief that psychologists have virtually psychic powers and are able to read the mind. Otherwise here is a new product just for you!

    To counter this, we need to recognize the following points and understand and respect the agreement between therapists and patients, which assumes that psychologists:

    • They are human beings
    • They don’t read minds
    • They don’t have all the knowledge

    And on the therapeutic process, for adopt the role of patient The following key ideas should be taken into account:

    • If you do not say what worries you, lie and omit parts, the psychologist will give a false diagnosis or it will take longer to resolve the conflict.
    • Therapy is a process and should be continued
    • Punctuality
    • Commitment and responsibility for payments
    • Keep the focus on the conflict and don’t ramble
    • Ask when you don’t understand an intervention
    • Perform assigned tasks
    • Have a real interest in resolving their conflicts
    • To be open minded
    • Arrive alone and without obligation
    • Avoid time changes
    • Talk about your conflicts and don’t think about how to get along with your therapist
    • Don’t cancel your date if you don’t want to.
    • Remember that today’s resistance has tomorrow’s knowledge
    • It’s important to talk about feelings

    It also exists a conscious and unconscious need to manipulate and control therapist interventions. This desire is completely normal, but as a patient, being aware of it will help to move forward and overcome conflicts in this regard.

      How do I get it?

      Many of these skills are learned throughout therapy, but it is best to be informed so that we can keep an open mind and overcome the psychic conflicts we face.

      Patient prejudices are frequent at the start of treatment; that’s why by going to psychotherapy we must stand firm to achieve the goals we want.

      Venturing into therapy can cause discomfort, fear and anxiety; but it is also quite normal, it is part of the process. It is necessary to discuss these questions with the therapist in order to break with the and get out of his comfort zone.

      Common fears

      Confidentiality is something that many patients believe is violated. But if this is a stressful subject, the best thing we can do as patients is to open up the channels of communication and know that the therapist will always be someone you can trust.

      In other cases, we think that in therapy we will be judged, that we are completely wrong in our perceptions and that this can cause us a lot of headaches. In some contexts, therapy has had a bad reputation in the think if you are “crazy” you have to go see a psychologist, but this idea is not at all close to reality. Here’s a secret as a therapist: Normally, someone who wants to go to therapy is not crazy. To attend therapy, you don’t necessarily need to have a recent or traumatic conflict that you feel like you can’t anymore.

        What to expect from the psychotherapeutic process?

        You can go into therapy for …

        • Meet you
        • Improve attitudes
        • Improve relationships even if they look good
        • Improve study or work areas
        • Be able to acquire emotional intelligence
        • Treat everyday problems in a healthy way
        • Overcome yourself every day
        • Overcome Body Image Problems
        • Improve a relationship

        If you follow therapy well, you can avoid major conflicts, serious trauma, or loss, such as break-ups or family conflicts.

        In addition, taking the children to therapy is also very useful; we can deal with conflicts and traumas before they consolidate and it is more difficult to process them. It also promotes the ability to learn to regulate emotions. Thus, in the future, they will be able to manage their emotions rationally, and maintain lasting, deep and healthy relationships.

        Children’s therapy is working together with their caregivers, a process in which they can get to know each other, strengthen family love and heal wounds, dispel confusion, and help guardians maintain a healthy and respectful relationship.

        Therapy in adolescents who went to the psychologist for therapy in their childhood is very helpful because it can clarify and reinforce good attitudes; adolescence is a completely different stage from childhood, in which we are faced with different problems.

        When it comes to relationships, it’s an option ideal for being able to have common objectives knowing how to communicate, know each other and have communicative intimacy that leads people to a successful and lasting relationship.

        In conclusion

        No, psychology is not just for “crazy people” or bad guys. It is a powerful weapon that we can use to get to know ourselves and to be better and better.

        Regina Wohlmuth Abraham


        Verified professional


        Online therapy

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        I invite you to be a good patient, to let go of prejudices, to heal and to learn more about yourself and for yourself.

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