Seeking Refuge Through Counseling

Why Seeing a Therapist on a Regular Schedule Is a Good Idea

Some people who rely on help from a therapist base their appointments around crises. For example, when something goes wrong in your life, you hurry to schedule one or more appointments with the hope of having them help you. This approach can work for some people, but many therapists will often recommend that you set a regular schedule for your sessions—perhaps once a month or, for some people, once every couple of weeks. Basing this form of self-care around a schedule of this nature can be advantageous for these reasons.

You'll Improve Yourself

When you see a therapist only when something is wrong, you'll generally focus on that issue until you work through it. In a sense, you'll be working on the issue and not necessarily on yourself, which can be a problem if your goal is self-development. When you sit across from your therapist when you're not in crises, it allows you to work on yourself, rather than do damage control, so to speak. Many people want to look for better ways to overcome challenges and live a happier life, and if you see your counselor at times outside of crisis, you'll be more likely to accomplish these goals.

It Creates Discipline

Discipline in life works really well for a lot of people. If you don't have discipline, you may find yourself wandering through life with little in the way of direction. However, discipline can help you in a number of areas of your life, including in your career and in your personal life. Carving out an hour every month for therapy teaches you the importance of scheduling. This could translate into making time for intimacy with your spouse or time to perform undesirable but crucial tasks at work.

You'll Feel More Supported

When you know that you'll be seeing your therapist around a set schedule, you'll know that support is perhaps just a week or a few days away. When something happens that is bothersome in your life, you may not take it as hard because you know you'll soon be seeing your therapist. When you don't have this scheduled support, small issues may seem bigger. For example, you may feel as though you're going through life alone and something that should be a minor issue feels more daunting than it should.

Talk to resources such as The Counseling Group PL about a schedule that will work for both of you.