Inasmuch as therapy is
about making positive changes to achieve better results, based on the
information you provided during your clinical interview (presenting problems
that motivated you to seek therapy), you will be asked to identify the changes
you want to make in your life. Accordingly, you and your therapist will
collaboratively develop your treatment plan which will articulate appropriate
goals that are acceptable to you. Your treatment plan is the road map you
will follow on your journey through the therapy process. The importance
of a treatment plan is not just to set your goals but to also paint a picture
that allows you to know what your desired change(s) will look like when your
goals are achieved.
While your therapist may
provide recommendations with respect to setting your goals, it is essential
that your self-determination remain at the forefront of each step of the
therapeutic process. Consequently, as stated earlier, your treatment plan
will be developed in consultation with you inasmuch as jointly considered
treatment goals increase the probability that you and your therapist will
proceed in the same direction while empowering you in the process to gain your
own voice to stand-up for yourself.
The goals of therapy
provide a definite measurable outcome for the therapeutic process.
Therefore the goals you establish must be operational, behavior specific and
measurable or observable by you because you cannot monitor, discuss and/or
measure the changes you make if your goals are vague or stated in theoretical
or conceptual terms. Your therapist will work with you to not only
identify the most practical paths to achieve your goals but also assist you in
problem-solving those obstacles that separate you from your goals or hinder
your progress, such as self-defeating behaviors. Your progress will be
monitored and periodically, adjustments will be made in your plan as needed.
your plan will have four parts:
Goals for Treatment
Methods/Techniques to be Used to Achieve Your Goals
Estimated Time for Meeting Each Goal
The goals of therapy
are outlined in your treatment plan which in essence creates a contract for
future work with your therapist. It is the means by which you can easily
evaluate your own progress.