Your counselor may suggest complementary therapies to enrich your counseling sessions and accelerate your progress.
We learn and we communicate through all of our senses, not through talking and listening alone. People first communicated through simple drawings on the walls of caves before the alphabet was ever developed. Likewise, humans, especially children and adolescents, may be able to express through drawing, painting or sculpting what they cannot communicate in spoken words. Artistic expression has the power to unlock suppressed thoughts and feelings in people of all ages.
Your counselor may periodically give you homework assignments. These exercises are opportunities for you to practice between sessions what you have discussed in therapy. You will discover how new perspectives, behaviors and attitudes affect you and your relationships with others.
Writing is merely talk that is written down, and writing in a journal is never meant to be perfect in spelling, punctuation or grammar. Rather, journaling helps you to find words to express your feelings, record your personal story and learn from it. If you choose, you can take your journal to your therapy sessions to discuss significant entries with your counselor.
Since our minds and bodies work in unison, your counselor may discuss your physical wellness with you. Exercise can release beneficial hormones, chemical substances called neurotransmitters, which affect mood, sleep and appetite. Your counselor will address concerns with you related to your total well being during the course of your treatment.