Consistency brings faster results AND it’s cost-effective!
Consistent counseling makes the most of the fewest appointments. But by prolonging treatment (excessively long gaps between appointments), clients can end up needing more appointments than they would have otherwise needed.
What counseling IS
To figure out how to get the most out of counseling—it’s important to understand what counseling IS. Counseling essentially is effective guidance to help you set and reach goals in order to live your best life.
We often tell our clients that the real therapy is what happens BETWEEN sessions. The key word here is “between”, meaning that you need a follow-up session. The time between sessions is important for you to apply what you’ve learned in counseling to your life; changing your choices, behavior, and improving your relationships. However, if you don’t remain consistent with treatment, you’re not checking in with your counselor to get the expert guidance you need in order to make the most efficient progress.
Recommended Treatment Plan
Sticking with your recommended treatment plan is essential for best results. In most cases, weekly sessions in the beginning of treatment, and spacing out later appointments by no more than two weeks helps clients maintain mindfulness and growth. This also minimizes risk of clients developing additional issues. Clients who space out appointments in an effort to save money end up needing more appointments overall to reach their goals. Had they maintained consistent treatment, they would be done with treatment sooner, needing fewer appointments and ultimately spending less on treatment.
A winning combination for faster results
The winning combination of a motivated client making their treatment a priority (thereby needing fewer appointments), by keeping a responsibly paced treatment schedule, saves time and money. In this manner, the client can save not only money, but their time—by arriving at their goals as quickly as possible. Who doesn’t want to reach their goals as quickly as possible?
Example of why consistency matters
Counseling isn’t the only type of treatment that requires consistency. Treatments for health issues are only cured when a patient follows their doctor’s recommendations—as referenced in this example:
If you’ve taken antibiotics, your doctor (hopefully) made a point to tell you to be consistent in taking your medication until you have completed the treatment. Many doctors report It’s common for patients to stop medication as soon as they start feeling better—but the strongest bad bacteria (the stuff you really want to get rid of) is hanging on, and comes back with a vengeance; this makes the patient sick all over again.
In reality, counseling works in a very similar way. It is common for a client (or couple) to come for a session or two, feel better, and stop counseling, only to return a few months later—realizing that they haven’t addressed or resolved the root of their issues.
At CrossRoads, we certainly want clients to feel better—but more importantly, we want them to GET BETTER! When real change has not taken place, the same issue or a related issue appears, causing new problems. This wouldn’t happen if the root of the problem was resolved! When a client or couple who are not finished with treatment spend months between sessions (since the session temporarily stopped the problems), new problems arise since the larger issue (the root of the problem) remains.
Change (or rather, worrying about making a change) can seem painful, which is why it takes time—AND CONSISTENCY—to make the positive, permanent change needed. Worrying about making changes, rather than the change itself often creates this pain—causing clients to put off appointments.
As mentioned, delaying appointments only delays the time before you get the results you want. It also creates the time to develop unhelpful behavioral patterns which can create problems. Like the example with antibiotics—you could end up wiping out only the easiest problems first…but without learning to properly develop healthy coping skills, you’re unable to tackle the remaining problems.
So, in short—
Get consistent treatment!
Get faster results for the positive, permanent change you need!
If you’re ready to make your happiness a priority, contact CrossRoads at 317-842-8881 for expert counseling—to start living your best life.