Making Therapy Stick
As therapists, we’re often so focused on helping our clients make significant progress during therapy that we pay less attention to helping them maintain these gains after therapy ends. But research shows that in the throes of life stresses, clients often revert to the negative habits that brought them to therapy in the first place, rather than use their newly learned insights and coping strategies. In this workshop, we’ll focus on how to make positive change stick in the long run by exploring:
- The principles of relapse prevention and how to help clients retrain their brains to default to new, positive habits that will override older negative habits
- How take-home strategies—like sending clients monthly checklists—can help them stay on track with their therapeutic goals
- How to help clients become sensitive to their personal triggers and warning signals to stop regression in its tracks
Steven Stosny, PhD, is the director of Compassion Power. He’s the author of Love without Hurt and the coauthor of How to Improve Your Marriage without Talking about It. His most recent book is Living and Loving after Betrayal: How to Heal from Emotional Abuse, Deceit, Infidelity, & Chronic Resentment.