This article from “U.S. News & World Report” details several important things to consider when working with a therapist.
I particularly like the author’s points about goal setting and giving your therapist feedback. Therapy goals don’t need to be written in stone, but they are an important part of ensuring that you and your therapist are on the same page about what is important to you. Setting goals can be difficult and it may take some time before you’re able to identify what you’d like to see change in your life, but it is a great way to measure change and keep moving forward in therapy.
It’s also important to be able to give your therapist feedback! If something isn’t working in therapy, it is important to let your therapist know. Offering feedback is a way to clear up misunderstandings and help get your needs met. Problems in the therapeutic relationship can also mirror problems you may be having in other relationships or areas in your life; being able to process issues in the therapist’s office can translate to personal growth outside it. Lastly, if therapy isn’t working for you, giving feedback gives your therapist the opportunity to refer you to someone that might better meet your needs.