Commitment to Treatment
Commitment to your Recovery through compassionate self-acceptance and self-care
As part of your self-care and commitment to your individual treatment programme we invite you to reflect on the following aspects of the treatment process that we believe are crucial for your recovery:
1. Believe that you can and will recover
When people present for treatment they are often unsure that they will ever feel any better. Please believe that you can; it is possible and do-able. As you come to understand yourself and how you make sense of your world you will then better understand what has contributed to your current difficulties. Often some situations are not resolvable or able to be “fixed,” especially if we have lost a loved one or lost something that we valued, but we can learn to live more peacefully with ourselves and what has happened in our lives.
2. Trust in the treatment process
We appreciate that for some, working with a psychologist can be daunting and in some cases, emotionally distressing. However, to be able to help you, you are encouraged to be as open and honest about your issues as you can be.
3. Patience with yourself and the treatment process
Treatment is not a magical cure. You agree to be patient with yourself – just as your issues have taken time (sometimes a lifetime) to develop so too you will need time to come to understand yourself and implement changes that will assist in your recovery.
4. Remain aware that recovery is often a forwards and backwards process
Getting well takes time and as with physical illness or injury you may, at times, feel worse before you feel like you are making real progress in treatment. You agree to tolerate the discomfort that may result in order to complete treatment and achieve your goals.
5. Willingness to engage in the treatment process
You agree to stay engaged in the treatment process to the best of your ability. At times it is difficult to remain motivated but try to focus on the small achievements and gains you make.
6. Today is the only time we have to make choices, take action and make changes
During treatment you agree to engage in living whatever it is you are doing today. It is the here and now that you can change; not the past nor the future. You can only grow into who you want to become situation by situation, action by action and little bit by little bit.
7. Life Giving Psychology’s All-Time Golden Rule
Suspend harsh judgment about yourself, your past and your life throughout the treatment process. Learning to be self-compassionate and kind to yourself will significantly alter your relationship with yourself and others.
You agree to suspend negative or harsh judgement while in treatment especially with regards to yourself, your previous choices, and decisions you may now regret and your life in general.
To be able to grow into the person and life that you want you first need to be able to examine your life without judgement; no right or wrong; good or bad; rather what is simply is at this point in time.
It is much more useful for you to learn about the psychological processes that lead to your decisions and actions so that you grow in greater understanding of what underpins some of your thoughts, emotions and behaviours.
In this way you will be able to make your choices with greater clarity and awareness.
8. Personal Development Time
Most of the work and practice of treatment is completed outside the session time. Life is practice and it is in your daily life you will achieve the changes you desire. To obtain optimal benefit from your treatment you agree to set aside at least 30 minutes per day for your own personal development time during which you may write in your personal journal, meditate, practice relaxation strategies, learn to quiet your mind, consciously reflect on your day, exercise or consciously engage in some pleasurable activity.