1. Know what goals you want to achieve in counseling

Counselling works better if clients have clearly defined goals. If you have defined goals then the therapist is most likely to be able to help create a define strategy for you, to help you reach your goals. If your goals are clearly defined, your therapist is more likely to have strategies to help you achieve your goals.  By stating clear goals, you will be able to get the right help for you. 

2. Be ready to do some work in sessions and between sessions

In order to see results, it is important to be consistent in the learning, both in and out of counselling.Therefore, being enthusiastic about doing the hard work will most likely help you get the most out of counselling. .

3. Focus on what you can do rather than on what others can do to address your issues

Clients who focus on what they can do to address their issues make better progress than clients who focus on what others are doing or what others should be doing. The problem with focusing on others is that, unless the other person is in the counselling room, talking about what they should be doing is unlikely to lead to their making the changes you need them to make to address your issues. So even if the other person is contributing to your problems, focusing on how you can respond to that person will likely be the most effective strategy for relieving your distress. 

4. Be open to trying new ideas and skills

Einstein’s definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Clients who make progress in counselling heed Einstein’s advice by being open to trying new ideas and skills they and their therapist suggest to have the best chance of getting a ‘different result.’ Being open minded is a key to getting the most out of counselling.

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