5 Tips for Silences in Therapy

Therapy is a great treatment option and talking about your fears and concerns can help you overcome them. It is an effective method of treatment that a lot of people turn to, and silences will occur throughout your sessions at one point or another. This is something common that therapists encounter on a daily basis and it’s very normal for patients to draw blanks despite their efforts to engage.

If you are afraid of running into this problem or find yourself out of things to talk about, you do not have to panic because the following tips will help you get through these moments of silences:

Ask Yourself What It Is That You Want

Take this moment to look inside to figure out what it is that you are after. The answer will vary from one patient to another and can be health, stability, peace or wealth, for example. You can discuss your desires out loud and the therapist can help you set new goals based on your answers.

Ask Yourself How You Feel

While you may think you know the answer to this, you might be surprised to find new emotions. Take a few seconds to check in with yourself to see the different emotions you’ve experienced over the past week and discuss them. A lot of people are so busy with their everyday lives that they don’t even know what they feel and this is a great time to figure it out.

Consider Where You Are Headed

If your situation does not change, where will you be in a few years from now? Are you happy with the answer? Are your fears holding you back from heading in the right direction? Do you feel as though something is missing from your life that is causing you to go off on the wrong path? These are all questions you can explore to help you figure out where you are headed.

Address Your Fears

Fear of judgement and shame are very common in patients attending therapy but you must open up to your therapist, regardless of how heavy your fears may be. Your therapist will not only reassure you and eliminate your fears of judgement, they will also help you take control of them, which is something you can do when you vocalize them.

Think Of The Things You Do Not Want To Talk About

When you are stuck focusing on not having much to say, it will prevent you from thinking of the issues you are uncomfortable with like abuse, grudges or other feelings you rarely discuss. It’s easier to focus on how ineffective your session is than to dive into these deeper topics, so try to make them your focus.

Daphne Georghiou offers anxiety, depression, trauma and relationship counselling and I can help you tackle any issues you are struggling with. I specialize in psychotherapy and my reputable family therapist and psychotherapist services will help you overcome your fears. Give me a call today!