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Self Inquiry: Is Therapy Working?

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I’ve been working with a therapist for almost two years now. While I know I definitely feel better post-sessions, I do still fall into old patterns of thought and have to pull myself out of it. And it’s times like these that I feel like I really have to ask myself: is therapy working?

I doubt I’m alone in this. Therapy is an expense that, albeit sometimes covered by insurance, usually is only covered in part or not at all. Which makes it an elective activity. And definitely one on which people want to see a return on their investment.

I subscribe to Yvette Erasmus‘s biweekly email newsletter, and this week’s topic feels particularly poignant. She discusses healing in whatever form you may be seeking it. Self-work, therapy, movement, whatever your jam might be. Yvette’s unique background and perspective look at global citizenry through the lens of individuality, and I love how she synthesizes information. And her checklist of six signs that you are healing is particularly relevant for those of us asking whether we’re healing through therapy.

Signs Therapy is Working

How can you really assess your healing through therapy or other activities? Well, let’s see:

Are You Healing?

Ultimately, the question is fairly simple (but the answer may be complex): how are you feeling? Truly, honestly answering how you are feeling is step one. For me, I know I know I backslide from time to time. But overall, a combination of a few things healing me. Therapy, for sure. Finding time to write and pursue my hobbies is another. And finally, making time for movement is super key. If you’re interested in chatting more about this topic, reach out!

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