How to tell whether Therapy is working


Howto tell whether Therapy is working

Inthe therapy world, every professional likes to sell themselves asunique from the rest (Rogers, 2006). However, it has never been clearto therapists, on what to ask a patient and how to gauge whether theyare progressing well on the treatment (Kellerman, 2004). Therapy cancause significant changes in someone’s life, which happen in smallsteps(Fitzek,2009). There are broad areas in which people experience a positivechange that can be taken as a sign that therapy is working such as animproved moods or emotions, behavior adjustment, enhanced thinking,improved relationships with a partner, and increased quality of life(Nichols,2013).

Atthe beginning of therapy, there should be established goals. Theutmost goal should be a reduction in the conflict between Barney andDianne with key indicators as the activities that lead to the overallgoal.

First,for Barney, therapy should aim at reducing his addiction to Dianne’smedication (narcotics) prescribed by her physician. The successindicators include a reduction in the number of fights, mood swingsand depression that contribute to Dianne’s failure to meet Barney’shigh demands such as acquiring drugs from other physicians. The keyprogress indicators for therapy could be a reduction in the number ofbeers and the tablets he takes until he successfully quits hisoverreliance on the narcotics and beer. An improved mood will enhanceBarney’s relationship with Dianne and reduce the conflict with hisson.

Second,for Dianne, therapy should aim at reducing her worry about hermother’s sickness and improving her relationship with her motherin-law in phoenix. It will also improve her service to her childrenand Burney. This will be the success indicators of therapy.


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Fitzek,S., &amp Spencer, S. (2009).&nbspTherapy.New York: St. Martin`s Press.

Kellerman,J. (2004).&nbspTherapy.New York: Ballantine Books.

Rogers,C. (1951).&nbspClient-centeredtherapy: Its current practice, implications, and theory.Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

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