What are some goals for counseling?

In your first therapy session, when your therapist asks, “What brings you to therapy? The first thing that comes to mind can be a simple and sincere statement, such as: “I just want to be happy”, “I feel stuck” or “I'm tired of moving on”. It's okay to walk into the therapist's office and say, “I'm a total wreck.

What are some goals for counseling?

In your first therapy session, when your therapist asks, “What brings you to therapy? The first thing that comes to mind can be a simple and sincere statement, such as: “I just want to be happy”, “I feel stuck” or “I'm tired of moving on”. It's okay to walk into the therapist's office and say, “I'm a total wreck. Can we fix everything? Your therapist will be supportive, will want to help you, and will be ready to hear you describe the problems you are having. However, you'll be more successful if you ask your therapist to help you find specific topics to focus on.

You can share with your therapist any suspicions you've been afraid to share with anyone else. When you confess fears such as “I think I might be unhappy because I'm in the wrong line of work” or “I'm not sure I want to be with my partner,” your relationship with your therapist and your work with each other will deepen. Even being able to say, “I don't know what I want” can help. Of course, it's okay to have fuzzy therapy goals, especially in the beginning.

In fact, your goals are likely to change throughout therapy, as therapy is a process of self-knowledge. However, having only vague goals can make therapy frustrating, especially if you don't plan on being in therapy for a long time. Time is an important factor in any goal-setting process. If you're not sure how long it will take you to achieve an important therapeutic goal, break it down into smaller goals.

For example, instead of saying, “I want to cure my social anxiety completely in a year,” you can say, “I want to go to at least two social events next month” or “I want to leave home at least once a day for the next week.” The overall goal of mental health therapy is to help you better understand and manage how to overcome life's challenges. However, taking the time needed to set specific goals related to your mental health journey can help you personalize your therapy experience and make it more satisfying.