When thinking of New Year’s resolutions, most people settle on the typical ones in the style of Good Morning America (diet, exercise, job, life milestone etc.). But, we can also resolve to evaluate and redefine our relationships, including shaking up therapy.
Therapy is often pictured as a set routine of method, practice and relating. Therapists and patients can get stuck in a particular way of working together. There is the therapist, who is the “practitioner,” and the patient (you). I think this is a problem. Therapy is a collaboration, which means both people influence the work and experience of relating in therapy. Like all relationships, the therapeutic relationship can be prone to coasting, which is why we need to evaluate and shake up our therapy at least once a year. The new year is a great time to start.