When seeing a therapist, there are things that you have to keep in mind to ensure you have an effective session. Some of these may seem standard to certain individuals but unless you are aware of these ins and outs you probably wouldn't know.
What a therapist should not do during a therapy session
When seeing a therapist, there are things that you have to keep in mind to ensure you have an effective session. Some of these may seem standard to certain individuals but unless you are aware of these ins and outs you probably wouldn’t know. Some of the things do seem basic however, not everyone has the same mind set. There are things an individual mustn’t do but also things a therapist shouldn’t do during psychotherapy.
What a therapist should not do?
The first thing a therapist should not do is break confidentiality except when mandated. During your session with a therapist they are legally required to maintain confidence in their clients. This means a therapist cannot confirm or deny treating the client if someone asks. They also can not reveal any information such as clients’ names outside the session. All therapeutic material remains private and stays between the therapist and the client.
Secondly a therapist should not break boundaries, effective therapy requires strong, reliable and professional boundaries. These boundaries are the physical and emotional limits set between two people.
Thirdly, therapists should not provide directionless therapy- therapy is a place for self – exploration, growth and personal discovery. While each client has different needs and goals for their improvement there should always be a movement towards healing.
Fourthly, at no point during a therapy session should a therapist act unprofessional. This can include the way they are dressed if it is appropriate or not. The way they act, for example talking in an appropriate manner or having no respect. This can even be Poor hygiene. A therapist should have a certain standard they need to meet. With them acting unprofessional this can cause you to feel uncomfortable and not want to speak about any challenges you may be facing. This can also cause you to be distracted at any point.
Lastly, therapists should not judge or shame a person for any challenges they have come to speak to a therapist about. When seeing a therapist this should feel like an inclusive and safe place for a client. A client needs to feel safe and supported in their outcome with a therapist. Therapists should be there to support you with your goals and any fulfilment you may need but never to discriminate or judge you as a person.