The Twists and Turns of Therapy: Understanding the Non-Linear Journey to Healing
If you’ve ever been to therapy, you know that progress doesn’t always happen in a straight line. Sometimes you feel like you’ve made significant strides forward, only to hit a wall or take a step back. Other times, you may feel like you’re not making any progress at all, despite your therapist’s guidance and support.
It’s important to understand that progress in therapy is not always linear, and that’s okay. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Healing is a process, not a destination
Therapy is not a quick fix; it’s a journey. The goal of therapy is not to magically “cure” your problems, but to help you develop the skills and tools you need to navigate life’s challenges. Healing is a process, and it takes time. Be patient with yourself and trust the process.
- Setbacks are a natural part of the journey
Just because you experience setbacks or take a step back in therapy doesn’t mean you’ve failed. It’s normal to have ups and downs on the road to healing. Use setbacks as an opportunity to learn and grow, and remember that progress is not always linear.
- Celebrate your successes, no matter how small
Even if you don’t feel like you’re making progress, it’s important to recognize and celebrate your successes. Whether it’s taking a small step outside your comfort zone or having a difficult conversation with someone, give yourself credit for the progress you’ve made, no matter how small.
- Communicate with your therapist
If you’re feeling frustrated or stuck in therapy, don’t be afraid to talk to your therapist about it. Your therapist is there to support you and help you navigate the ups and downs of the therapeutic journey. Be open and honest about how you’re feeling, and work together to find new strategies and approaches to help you move forward.
Progress in therapy is not always linear, and that’s okay. Healing is a process, and setbacks are a natural part of the journey. Remember to celebrate your successes, communicate with your therapist, and trust the process. With time and patience, you can achieve your goals and find healing and growth along the way.
Jenmarie Eadie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is passionate about empowering women to take control of their mental health by finding balance and inner peace in the midst of perfectionism and anxiety. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Arizona State with a concentration in Behavioral Health. Her proudest accomplishment is following her dream of opening up a practice focused on helping high-achieving, goal-oriented women. She currently serves women in California and Oregon (CA LCSW# 66634 and OR# L13328).