Just under 20% of adults in the United States seek mental health treatment services in a given year. With psychotherapy growing in popularity, more people than ever before are getting counseling for their mental health.
If you’ve been in therapy for a while, you might wonder whether there’s a way to tell if your therapist is truly helping you.
Judy Vansiea, DNP, provides faith-based Christian counseling at Coping Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry Services in Uniondale, New York. With flexible telehealth appointments, Dr. Vansiea specializes in individualized counseling that meets your needs no matter where you are in life.
If you’re new to therapy and wondering if it’s working, we can help you see the signs and appreciate your improvements.
Whether it’s your first session or you’re a therapy veteran, it’s always a good idea to check in with yourself and see how your moods and behaviors have changed with help from your provider.
Here, we discuss the improvements you might experience and ways of recognizing them.
How therapy can benefit you
Millions of people turn to psychotherapy of some kind to manage depression, anxiety, substance use disorder, grief, and other mental health concerns. You might even go to therapy if you’re experiencing a major life transition and all of the emotions that come with it.
With regular, personalized one-on-one sessions, you can gain a lot from psychotherapy or counseling. Some potential benefits from weeks, months, or years of therapy are:
- Improved communication skills
- Fewer symptoms of a psychiatric disorder
- Less need for medications
- Fewer harmful or disruptive behaviors
- Better emotional regulation
- Improved self-esteem
These improvements are subjective, and you might not notice them directly yourself. That’s why you should take the time to check in with yourself and how you’re feeling. Others around you, including your provider, might note positive changes in your outward behaviors.
Is therapy benefiting you?
Realize that results may not appear overnight, but that therapy can help you approach and reach your emotional and behavioral goals.
One way to tell if therapy is working for you is to keep a journal of the emotions or behaviors you’d like to regulate. When you track your emotions daily, you may be able to see tangible improvements the longer you go through therapy.
You might also notice yourself taking advantage of new skills you weren’t so good at before, such as:
- Setting boundaries with friends or family
- Cutting down on substance use
- Initiating difficult conversations
- Avoiding panic attacks
Dr. Vansiea takes a soothing and compassionate approach to therapy so you’ll feel comfortable expressing your emotions and being open with her.
How to gain more from therapy
Are you still not sure therapy is working for you? Finding a therapist who you “click” with is just one piece of the pie.
To be sure you benefit from the time you spend in therapy, be completely honest and avoid withholding important information from your therapist, even if it doesn’t reflect well on you.
It also helps to set both long- and short-term goals, which Dr. Vansiea can help you do. By defining your goals, Dr. Vansiea is better able to help you reach them using evidence-based psychiatry.
If you’re ready to start or continue therapy with Dr. Vansiea, call Coping Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry Services to request an appointment. You can also book a telehealth visit online here on our website.