How can we tell if therapy is working?

It really depends on the person, which is why it’s always helpful to have a set of goals or some sort of North Star while in therapy🌠

To figure out what that looks like for you, try asking yourself:

👉 If I were to wave a magic wand, how would I like things to look differently?


👉What do I really want to accomplish in therapy? 

Share this with your therapist and come up with a dynamic roadmap together.

Next, you can start looking out for signs that you’re on the right path.

You might notice that you understand more about the way you think and feel. Maybe your day-to-day life is becoming more aligned with your values and priorities. You might even be making some positive changes to your life and feeling good about that😃

Getting more comfortable thinking about your thoughts and feelings—and maybe even talking about them—shows that your emotional intelligence and communication are improving😊

Also, it might not always feel great in the moment, but getting into difficult topics and tough emotions can also be a sign that you’re hitting the right target.

If sessions are always easy, it may mean that the meaningful goal is being avoided. That said, if it feels unsafe or unnecessarily uncomfortable and your therapist cannot explain the purpose to you, that may be a sign the approach and/or the therapist is not the right fit.


Keep in mind that progress isn’t always linear or obvious in therapy, but if you’re learning more about yourself and noticing other changes (big or small), then it’s worth sticking with it.
— Jessica Stern, PhD, clinical psychologist at NYU Langone Health
Source: Wondermind