We often speak of check-ins in a workplace context, but they can be beneficial in many other environments — including counselling practices. The frequency of therapy check-ins is up to the client and counsellor. Whether it’s quarterly, bi-annually, or annually is dependent on your client’s needs. More is not always better — every situation is unique and can be tailored to a specific client. Keep reading to find out why therapy check-ins work, and questions to get you started.
Why therapy check-ins are beneficial
- Keep clients on-track: Clients often come to counselling with goals in mind, whether they articulate them or not. Whether it’s to feel better, get to know themselves on a deeper level, or to deal with specific scenarios in their lives, there’s always a hope for improvement. Checking in with your clients allows both of you to determine whether you’re on-track for those goals. It also allows you to track progress and celebrate wins that have happened along the way — leading to stronger client-counsellor relationships, increased self-esteem, and a sense of accomplishment for both parties.
- Adjust goals as you go: Therapy check-ins help clients and counsellors determine where most of the time and energy has been going, and whether or not that’s beneficial. Maybe a client first came to counselling to deal with a specific issue, but they now need support in another area of their lives. Check-ins allow you to recognize this and adjust as you go.
- Refreshed commitment to growth: Let’s face it: counselling isn’t always fun or positive. It can feel like really hard work. Though the long-term benefits are countless, doing the work takes patience and resilience. Therapy check-ins help clients re-ignite their intentions and remember why they’re there in the first place. This commitment allows clients to stay on-track and continue with their mental health goals.
Therapy check-in prompts
Unsure what to ask your clients during therapy check-ins? Here are a few examples to foster conversation:
- Given our work together so far, what do you feel the best about?
- What do you feel could use improvement?
- Which area of your life do you feel you’ve made the biggest improvement in? Take time to feel proud of that.
- Which area in your life could I support you in more?
- Are there events coming up in your future that you’re nervous, fearful, or unsure about?
- What brings you the most joy or inspiration in this season of your life?
Keep clients on-track after check-ins
Therapy check-ins are an amazing way to determine where your client is now, and where they’d like to go. Help them get there with digital tools that elevate your practice. Therachat is a digital homework tool designed with the client-counsellor relationship in mind. Therachat comes equipped with skill-building activities, homework reminders, mindfulness exercises, and emotion tracking. It’s an innovative way to help your clients feel supported between appointments, so they can stay on-track in their mental health journey. Learn more about Therachat for clinicians.