Guide Me: Returning to Therapy After a Break | When, Why & How To Make It Happen
Did your therapist just take a mini-vacation? Or Did you take one of those small breaks in your life? And now it is time to return to therapy after a break and those antsy feelings and anxious nerves making you second guess your decision?
Well, don’t worry, that’s normal. It happens with almost everyone. Different individuals experience different emotions attached to the break in the therapy. If you are experiencing any emotions like resentment, jealousy, happiness, abandonment, or others, acknowledge them and share them with your therapist, they are indeed important.
In fact, they mark progress in your therapeutic relationship. While these emotions might be holding you back to restart your journey with therapy, we would suggest you take them as a sign and go back to therapy.
But, why do I have to return to therapy after a break?
There are many reasons to go back to therapy after a break. But, while your overwhelming feelings might hover over this side, we are sharing with you reasons to go back to therapy
To discover the unknown possibilities and strength. When you will sit back and evaluate what situations occurred in your life and how well you encountered them, you will see the change in your managing skills. While you might have discovered some of your strengths, coping skills, and powers, you can further use psychotherapy to discover more of what you got.
To make sure that you don’t have a relapse. Often taking a break from therapy might result in slipping into the old habits that you have resolved through it. This is known as relapse. To make sure that you avoid falling in the trap of these bad habits, you might have to return to the therapy and internalize your skills.
To add more to your accomplishments. You might have seen some or the other positive changes in yourself, in your life, and in your relationship with others, ever since you have taken therapy. These changes serve as an accomplishment and impact your self-esteem positively. To enjoy more such accomplishments and be pleased with your progress in your life going back to therapy is recommended. As it will help you learn more such tools that will keep you on this track.
To complete your full healing. Therapy is a process that aims to heal you and the issues that are bothering you. Each session that you have with your therapist is a step towards your complete healing. So, while you have taken a break in between of this process you might find yourself feeling better but feel a need of betterment. That;s when you will feel the need to go back to therapy and complete this healing circle of yours.
To address the new issues. During this break time you might have been able to dig a little deeper and find out what are the other issues or the deeper issues that you would like to work on and resolve. This will renew your motivation and you will be able to work on it with your therapist as you go back to the therapy.
Now that you know all the good things that you will enjoy by returning to therapy after the break here is how you can make it happen.
How To Return To Therapy?
Whatever was your reason to take a break from the therapy it is completely fine. Now that you have decided to return to therapy let us focus on that. We understand that it can be a little overwhelming to start with your therapy session again. So, we are suggesting to you some points that can be taken into consideration here:
1. Communicate with your therapist
Have open communication with your therapist about why you decided to take a break in the first place. Don’t think of it as owning an explanation to the therapist rather look at it as a way to clear the air about the previous concerns. Also, it will put all the spinning questions to an end.
Next, you should communicate that you want to get back to the therapy. Be clear with your intentions and share them with the therapist freely.
2. Share your break time story with the therapist
It is suggested you share with your therapist how your break time went, what all things you did? What you didn’t do? How the therapy lessons helped you? What new things you discovered? This will only aid your after break therapy sessions. According to the events that have taken place in your life during this period the therapist will further re-adjust their treatment process.
3. Mention what you have explored
Maybe after the few therapy sessions that you previously had, your view towards life, your actions, thoughts, and feelings have changed in a healthy direction. Which is important for you to identify and communicate to the therapist. It will allow you to realize what you want or need now and further channelise the goals of therapy in the same direction.
Why does a therapist take a break?
If you are questioning why a therapist has to take a break then should understand that taking multiple sessions for a long period can result in burnout for a therapist. Therefore, therapists also take breaks. Generally, they inform you beforehand are available for your help even at distance.
Can I work on myself during therapy break?
Yes. While you are on a therapy break you should not stop working on yourself as this might trigger the same issue again, bringing your progress to zero. So, till the time you figure the need to go back to the therapy just keep on applying the therapy lessons.
Is returning to therapy a sign of weakness?
No. Going back to therapy is not a sign of weakness. It is just a way to complete your healing journey and become self-dependent by acquiring the right coping skills.
Can I go back to online therapy after a break?
Yes, of course. No matter whether you have taken a break in online therapy or offline therapy you can also go back to it, enjoy the benefits, and talk about it freely with your therapist.
Is ghosting my therapist and taking a break the same thing?
Well, if you go on a therapy vacation without informing your therapist prior, then it might be a sign of ghosting. But, if you are willing to establish contact with your therapist in near future then it is more of a break. Remember ghosting a therapist involves, leaving without notice, no goodbyes, and no future contact.
Now, if you were on a break time to return to the therapy and complete your healing journey now.
Do share with us what motive do you have behind returning to therapy after a break. And if you are facing any other difficulty to go back back to therapy write to us at email@example.com and we will help you resolve it.
Sending you good vibes…
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