Therapies are meant to correct issues or irregularity in our wellbeing, but not all who have undergone therapy achieved great results. Some have missed the essential details and benefits of counseling and therapies. Several factors affect the outcome of treatment, and it all depends on the patient first and foremost. His decisions and responses play a vital role in the consistency and effectiveness of each approach.
What Are The Essential Factors Needed To Ascertain The Success Of A Therapy?
- Communication And Relationship
The therapist and the patient need to have a stable relationship bound in healthy and open communication. The patient should be able to express himself to his therapist and vice versa. They should be comfortable enough with each other that they are not hesitant to say what they want. They must build a rapport to make their relationship straightforward and uncomplicated. The connection between a psychiatrist and a patient is similar to that of friends, but there is absolute professionalism to achieve a goal to be able to say it is successful. “Effective counselors should have excellent communication skills,” according to Ashley Miller, a licensed social worker and psychotherapist.
- Trust And Dedication
The therapist and patient should be able to establish a trust which they can achieve through transparency without judgment. The patient should be able to confide to his therapist without having to worry about his anonymity and privacy or the fear of being judged. The patient should have faith in his therapist’s dedication to aim for his betterment. Michelle Ward, PhD said, “You want to make sure this is someone who you’d feel comfortable and confident talking to, who you’re really sure will ‘get’ you, and who you feel is worth the investment.”
- Determination And Motivation
The patient should find the will and determination to address his condition. He should know the reason why he is doing the therapy, and he must be able to identify his motivation as well. At the start of the session, the therapist will usually ask what the motivation is, and the patient should be precise about what he wants to achieve, so the therapist will know how he will plan the course of treatment.
- Credibility And Skills Of The Therapist
The patient should have thorough research about the therapist. He should be able to have peace of mind that he will be in good hands. He can ask around or browse the internet to learn more about a therapist. It is vital that he finds someone that has what he needs. All therapists have one goal, to help the patient improve his wellbeing, but sometimes it is the experience and approach that makes the therapist better than the rest.
One minute the patient thinks he needs help from a therapist, then the next minute he thinks he’s okay. Once he has decided to undergo therapy, he should be able to commit to the program. Consistency is vital to reach the goal, and that is through attending the sessions regularly and following whatever the therapist’s instructions are.
All the factors of a successful therapy depend on the patient’s desire to reach optimum wellbeing. The effectiveness and outcome of the course of treatment lie mainly on his perspective. Yes, the skills of therapist play a vital role in it, but the therapy’s focus is the wellbeing of the patient; therefore, he should remain firm in his yearning to be better. Otherwise, any help from anyone is pointless. According to Susan Lager, LICSW, a psychotherapist and relationship coach in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, “therapy is an interactive process. Express your needs, ask questions, read books, and do the “homework assignments.”