Sitting in a room with a therapist may not be anybody’s idea of a good time, especially in recovery. The best part about therapy is that it can help a person process memories and feelings that have been lingering for awhile. Issues that once felt overwhelming may become more manageable. Things change for the better once you change for the better. Learn why it is important to have a really good therapist to support your recovery.
Many people don’t feel heard or listened to these days. The ability to sit down with someone who can answer questions and be there for you is important. Every time you leave, you feel lighter, and more visible to yourself and others. Thanks to all the hard work with a therapist, you feel like you have unburdened your life and gotten a fresh perspective, which supports long term change.
Finding a Therapist
Finding the right person to talk to is crucial to feeling safe and vulnerable enough to discuss difficult emotions and feelings. It may not be so much of a choice in rehab with only a certain set of professionals on staff, but in recovery you have lots of choices of who to visit and share experiences with. When looking for a therapist, it helps to:
- Seek strengths-based perspective
- Find someone who empowers independent choices by the people seeking help
- Find one who keeps appointments
- Find one who has training and experience in dealing with specific issues like mental health and addictions you need
Getting Needs Met
A therapist is there to make sure you get your needs met in the sense you work through the issues and recover to the best of your ability. Many people enter treatment feeling disempowered, hopeless, and helpless. Although it may be challenging to make requests of somene who is seen as a person of authority, it is good to ask for what you need and want. Ask for a change if you feel the therapist is not providing what you need. You hired them to help you. You invest your time, money, and resources so be sure they offer what you need.
It can feel hard to find the right therapist in recovery. If you are struggling to feel comfortable with someone, ask around. Sometimes friends who have tried therapists will offer recommendations. Don’t give up until you find someone who works well for you and supports your journey.
A Step in the Right Direction provides quality care for clients seeking support for addiction recovery. We teach people how to live a sober life through programs, therapeutic support, and evidence-based therapies. Our recovery program is staffed by people who understand the power of addiction. For more information sober living programs for men and women as well as recovery programs, call (877) 377-3702.