As a Winter Garden therapist practicing mental health counseling in Winter Garden, I have noticed at least one common law of practicing therapy. This is that there is no set time or time frame that one should start therapy. There should also not be an end date in sight. When it comes to mental health therapy, it is not meant to be a race or a quick fix to any problem.
Mental health therapy is meant to be a journey, not a business transaction where you only achieve a specific amount of sessions. It takes time to implement the techniques or the skillset that you just learned with your Winter Garden therapist into your daily routine. This is even more so for couples going through relationship counseling. I focus on teaching my couples how to effectively and properly communicate with each other. That is because as time goes on, they create a specific way of reacting and engaging with one another that needs to be altered for the betterment of the relationship and themselves. Mental health therapy techniques take time to master and practice turns into a habit.
The same is said for individual therapy. Only you can decide when therapy has reached its pinnacle and when you feel confident enough to step away from the therapeutic alliance to branch out on your own. Of course, there are factors that impede these decisions and judgment. These might include finances or time, and while they are valid, are they worth pausing the therapeutic process?
You matter! You have done so much work on improving yourself. Do not let outside forces dictate when your therapy needs to stop. If you are already in mental health counseling, the perfect person to consult with is your Winter Garden therapist. Ask about the progress you have made thus far. Ask about future improvements you can be aiming towards. Get their opinion on what your next steps should be. They know you better than when you first started. They will be able to give better input that is more beneficial for yourself! Never settle on what you need but give yourself everything you need! Be proud of yourself!
Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.