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How can I evaluate whether therapy is working well?

As you begin psychotherapy, you should establish clear goals with your therapist. Perhaps you want to overcome feelings of hopelessness associated with depression. Or maybe you would like to control a fear that disrupts your daily life. Keep in mind that certain tasks require more time to accomplish than others. You may need to adjust some of your goals depending on how long you plan to be in psychotherapy.

After a few sessions, it's a good sign if you feel the experience is truly a joint effort and that you and the therapist enjoy a good rapport. On the other hand, you should be open with your therapist if you find yourself feeling "stuck" or lacking direction once you've been in psychotherapy a while. Tell your therapist if this is the situation, or if you have questions about her or his approach. If you are unhappy with the service you are receiving and find yourself thinking about discontinuing psychotherapy, talk with your therapist in the first instance. It can sometimes be helpful to consult another professional, but it would be best if you let your therapist know you are seeking a second opinion.

 
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