Elevate Your Healing Between Therapy Sessions

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As a therapist, one of my greatest joys is witnessing the incredible transformations that occur during therapy sessions. This could be the moment when my client’s walls begin to fall and they begin to embrace vulnerability. Or it could be the moment when they recognize their worth and learn that their voice matters. And maybe it’s the moment when they are able to step into themselves, fully and proudly.

But here’s the thing: healing doesn’t just happen in our therapeutic conversations; it extends into the spaces between sessions. The moments in between sessions are just as important as you have the power to actively support your healing journey even further.

These rituals can help you stay grounded, resilient, and in tune with your inner self to elevate your healing within and outside the therapy space. Here are just a few:

Embrace Mindfulness

The power of mindfulness cannot be understated. Taking a few moments each day to focus on your breath and ground yourself in the present moment is a total game changer.

Mindfulness in the form of meditation or breathing can help to reduce anxiety, increase self-awareness, and encourage emotional regulation. Mindfulness allows for deeper insights into what we are experiencing or feeling and attunes us to what our body is trying to tell us. This connection to our mind and body can help facilitate important conversations in therapy that enhance movement toward growth and lead to more productive therapeutic dialogue.

Next time try this: Find a quiet space, close your eyes, and take slow deep breaths. Feel the sensation of your breath entering and leaving your body. Take note of cool air entering through your nose and the warm breath exiting through your mouth. Ground yourself by noticing your feet connecting to the ground. It’s a simple, yet powerful practice.

Lean Into Therapeutic Journaling

Journaling can be a powerful way to process your thoughts and emotions outside of therapy. Journaling provides an additional safe space for you to express thoughts and feelings honestly. It allows a deeper understanding of yourself that can then be used to draw greater clarity and insight in therapy.

Journaling allows us to document milestones and challenges, ensuring that these valuable revelations can be referred back to. Don’t enjoy writing? Try recording your thoughts and reflections using a voice recorder. Hearing your own voice can bring a different dimension to your self-exploration and self-expression.

Need some prompting? Try letter writing. Write letters to your past, present, and future self. This can help bring unresolved challenges to the surface for processing and set intentions for your healing journey. However you’d like to implement this practice, incorporating journaling into your healing journey can deepen and enrich your therapeutic experience.

Final Thoughts

Think of your therapy sessions as a road map guiding you on your healing journey, but remember that healing doesn’t pause when your session ends – it’s an ongoing process that continues between those moments of therapeutic connection. Consider integrating these and other rituals into your daily life to truly maximize the benefits of therapy and nurture the part of you that is healing. As you weave these rituals into your daily practice, you’ll learn that the spaces between therapy sessions are not voids to fill but opportunities for growth, resilience, and self-compassion. With each breath, during the process of pencil to paper, and any other self-care moment, you are taking intentional and meaningful steps forward on your healing journey. And I’ll be there with you every step of the way.

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