The aim of the therapy is to significantly improve the quality of life. Often these changes are barely seen in a short-term; they simply don’t appear straight away. Sometimes it takes months to work out where your health will be in future. And considering all the therapies available nowadays, it is hard to say which one works best for you. However, there are some changes that you should notice that can help you determine whether or not your therapy is working.
Among the most noticeable changes, there are:
- behaviors (for example, decrease in negative habits);
- emotions (more happiness);
- thoughts (more positive thoughts);
- diagnosis (no depression);
- relationships (having less arguments);
- quality of life (better able to socialize);
- life satisfaction.
A professional therapist knows the ways to understand your problems and offer efficient therapy. With a specialist, you will discuss everything during your session and measure your success using special scales.
Oftentimes, your therapist will discuss your health goals and expectations. Of course, these may change with time but a good sign of a working therapy is whether you are moving towards your goals and getting what you want.
Since therapy is about difficult emotions, people can experience intense feelings thinking that their therapy doesn’t work. However, this can be a temporary stage of a working therapy. On the other hand, this can also mean that the therapy is making you worse and isn’t helping at all.
The common sign of a useless therapy is symptoms that are getting worse long-term. Good therapy can result in worsening of your symptoms short-term and it is often related to the experience or the problem that was the reason for your therapy. If you have new problems, you should discuss it with your therapist to explore how you can solve them, whether their origin and how you can implement it into your therapy. If your condition is getting worse and worse, your therapy isn’t working.
Always remember that even though you can experience improvements at the very beginning of your therapy, it takes time for all benefits to appear. However, you don’t have to continue the therapy that isn’t working for you or continue working with a doctor with whom you feel disempowered. There are a lot of good therapist and therapies out there; you just need to find what is best for your condition.