Why Do Therapists Ask So Many Questions?
April 18, 2023 - Written by Maggie Osinski, LCSW
Therapy isn’t about giving advice or providing solutions to your problems...
It’s about asking the right questions that will empower you to find the answers for yourself!
Sure, the therapist will throw in some evidence-based techniques to help you on your way - this is what we are trained to do! But the truth is: you know yourself best.
You might be asking, "What are these evidence-based techniques, and why are they important?"
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) are two of my personal favs! ☀️
These evidence-based therapy models are designed to make the therapeutic process feel more "tangible." We utilize therapeutic frameworks as a basis for understanding the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and the various impacts of - and on- our immediate environment. CBT and DBT provide insight and skills to help you make positive changes in your life!
A good therapist will foster compassionate and contemplative self reflection, by asking questions that empower YOU to explore the answers. More often than not, questioning will lead to more questions... The answers are within the questions themselves! How cool is that?!
When we learn from questions, and apply a CBT and DBT framework for understanding, it has life-changing results!
At the end of the day, what’s most valuable is spending time talking with someone who will listen to you, and help you question, process, & understand what is important to you, in a gentle and compassionate way. Skills are important - but genuine human connection is the pathway to learning new skills & putting them into a daily practice that will change your life.
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