What does a successful therapy outcome look like?
The process of “becoming” and individuation is a life’s journey. However, there are periods in life that are more intense and where you may need more therapy support than others. Measures of success for you may be feeling like something has changed or something is different; you may have a new perspective on the problem. You may feel more hope and self-confidence. You may be trying out new behaviours and find they are working. People may react differently to you or may comment that something about you has changed. You will also likely notice that you are having different results in your interactions with people. In the end, you are the one who makes the decision about whether therapy has been successful. From a depth psychology perspective, what changes is your perspective of the situation or issue. Often the individual just outgrows the problem through time and self-exploration. As the therapist, I help to hold the tensions and guide in the exploration.
Therapy is very much focused on you, and you decide for yourself when you are ready to finish. The door is always open and you can choose to finish, take a break, or return to at any time. It is entirely your decision.