Don’t be Late!
Everyone is late sometimes in unavoidable situations, but if you are habitually late then you have a time management problem. Expect your therapist to address this issue with you.
Considerate others in the waiting room.
Do not chat or use your mobile phone in reception. This can be disturbing to other patients. Often patients waiting for an appointment will be under significant stress, and asking them questions can further add to this.
Read the “Information to Clients”
A significant amount of work is invested in creating these helpful documents and they provide important information that the therapist does not want to have to repeat. Take some time to read through it so as to avoid unnecessary questions.
Complete paperwork in a precise manner.
Paperwork is not supplied just to take up your time and should be completed in detail. The information requested is vital to providing correct treatment and any mistakes or omissions can cause problems or delays.
Know why you are here.
Take some time to really consider what the reasons are behind your desire for treatment. A patient with misunderstood or vague intentions will risk losing out on the best possible treatment for themselves.
If unsure, speak your mind.
There are no stupid questions or statements. Don’t be afraid to be honest and share exactly how you are feeling. What may seem trivial to you could be a key factor in a therapists diagnosis.
Ask for clarification if you don’t understand something.
Again, there are no stupid questions. There are many aspects of treatment, billing or confidentiality that can be confusing. If you are unsure, just ask.
Do your homework
It is important to take your therapists advice to heart. If they ask you to read a book or practice a technique, it is vitally important that you do so. Just like taking prescribed medication, if you skip it, it won’t work.
Sessions can be uncomfortable.
For therapy to work, you may be asked at times to discuss things which you don’t feel entirely comfortable with. However, it is in these times when the best progress can be made. Mentally prepare yourself before a session to face these challenges, and understand that a therapist’s office a safe space where you can be open with judgement.
Only call your therapist in an emergency.
It’s important to respect a therapists privacy and not bother them out of hours. Understand that your therapist may be busy with other patients and calling them could interrupt somebody else’s treatment. Think before you call outside of a session, and do so only if you believe you may harm yourself.
Make sure to cancel appointments if sick
So long as you cancel with 24 hours notice you won’t cause significant trouble to a therapists schedule. However, within 24 hours you should only cancel unless genuinely sick with something that may infect others. In these cases, a therapist with usually waive any late cancellation fees. However, try not to make this a habit.