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Old 03-18-2011, 02:06 AM   #1
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Question What are your goals in therapy?

I have this assignment to do and I haven't got a clue how to answer it! I don't really know why I am in therapy. That sounds silly, doesn't it! Paying good money and don't even know why I am there.....

Can you answer any of these questions: Why are you in therapy? What do you hope to accomplish? What are your goals? How will you know when it is time to end therapy?
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Old 03-18-2011, 03:09 AM   #2
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good question...when my T confronted me directally with this last week i had no answer cant wait to see others..
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Old 03-18-2011, 03:38 AM   #3
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I hate this question! I can NEVER answer it when T asks. I usually something like "I dont know what I want to change to or what the end goal is. All I do know is that I dont want things to be like this forever"

i guess I will know therapy is at end when I am able to deal with life effectively and be able to form healthy relationships on my own. To not let the past rule the future I suppose.

I would be interested in others comments too.
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Old 03-18-2011, 06:13 AM   #4
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Default Re: What are your goals in therapy?

This is how I would answer the questions.

Why are you in therapy? To learn how to cope with my past so that I can continue in my future successfully.

What do you hope to accomplish? A better understanding of what triggers certain emotions and circumstances and more knowledge on how to deal with them.

What are your goals? To walk into public without great anxiety. To reduce flashbacks and dissociation. To gain more confidence in myself. To learn to trust others and reduce occurrences of being anti-dependent.

How will you know when it is time to end therapy? When therapy starts to feel like "training wheels" when I can walk into the world and suddenly realize I was balancing all alone and no one was there to back me up for it.


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At my first session, my T asked what I wanted to accomplish in therapy, and I told him "I want to be able to feel my feelings". The only feelings I was aware of were what I called "Stressed" and "Okay". And Stressed was beating out Okay, hands down. I knew that life was supposed to be fuller than that, but I didn't know how to get there.

If I had to talk about my goals now, 3 1/2 years in, they would probably be to carry a place of peace inside, to feel comfortable connecting with other people, to be able to manage flashbacks/triggers, to integrate all of the parts of me so that I never lose time, etc. And like T always says, to have power over the past, instead of it having power over me.

I'm getting closer, but it's a slow process.

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Why are you in therapy? What do you hope to accomplish? What are your goals? How will you know when it is time to end therapy?
I am in therapy because my life has become unmanageable, and I am emotionally in turmoil.

My goals: First to overcome major anxiety about talking to T and others. Second to learn how to handle PTSD symptoms. Third to deal with a dx that I will always have to take meds for.

I will be able to end therapy when I can talk to people, manage my symptoms on my own, and when I come to terms with the secondary diagnosis.
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You can END therapy?????
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Old 03-18-2011, 10:18 AM   #8
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This is actually something I've been meaning to re-visit with my T - my goals for therapy. When I first started going to her almost 2 years ago, all I really wanted help with was dealing with anxiety and all my goals were around that. I did not trust her enough to even mention SI or ED or some other issues. Now that I trust her more and we've gone in to some deeper issues, my goals have changed.

Now, I think my goals are more like: To learn to value myself and my feelings; to be more authentic with other (stop hiding behind masks all the time); to learn to not become completely overwhelmed by anxiety; To learn to use more healthy coping skills (I have them, I just often forget to use them)

I will know it's time to leave therapy when I no longer feel the constant need to apologize just for being who I am.

When things have been especially difficult, and I've told my T that I had considered not coming, she always asks me why I didn't cancel and why I decided to come to therapy. My response is usually that I've tried not talking about things and that didn't work, so as painful as talking about these issues can be, and as hard as it is, it has to be more effective than just ignoring it and hoping maybe it'll all go away. I've seen progress, and I know I can make more progress, I just have to work through the uncomfortable parts to get there.
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I haven't really thought ahead to what "done" is going to feel like yet, but I do have a couple areas that I feel like I've been able to identify (I went into therapy with just a feeling of "something's wrong, I'm stuck/depressed" so part of the work was just figuring out what to focus on)...

1) Managing emotions better (like coping skills)
2) Having more satisfying relationships
3) Better self esteem
4) Having a bigger pallette of emotions to choose from (like treehouse mentioned, I basically have... ok, and upset)
5) Working out how to feel life more fully, all the joys as well as all the pain.

(I work on this stuff outside of therapy too obviously and have a couple of life goals, and when they are fulfilled then I'll probably be done)
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I have this assignment to do and I haven't got a clue how to answer it! I don't really know why I am in therapy. That sounds silly, doesn't it! Paying good money and don't even know why I am there.....

Can you answer any of these questions: Why are you in therapy? What do you hope to accomplish? What are your goals? How will you know when it is time to end therapy?
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