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|Posted on January 23, 2017 at 9:35 AM|
We all need help from time to time. Participating in therapy is a great way to work on our problems and learn about ourselves. Therapy is just one part of the growth process. It’s where we develop understanding and new skills, and receive feedback about our progress. But this is just the beginning. What should we do outside of our therapy session?
- Between therapy sessions is where the real work takes place, and practicing what we’ve learned between therapy sessions is just as vital as attending therapy.
- We can’t practice social skills in a vacuum. We need to interact with other people, test the waters, and apply the lessons of therapy in the real world.
- Your therapist is not your only resource. Develop supports outside of therapy – friends, family, support groups, church, synagogue, etc. Practice calling your supports when you don’t need them so it will be easier to call them when you do.
- If you find yourself in a crisis situation, call your local crisis center or hotline:
- Montgomery County Adult Mobile Crisis - 1-855-634-HOPE (4673). Provides immediate in-person support for crisis situations as well as assistance with managing recurring or future crises. Support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Delaware County Crisis Connections Team – 855-889-7827. Mobile teams assess the individual’s needs, provide brief therapeutic interventions to help them regain control of their situation, and offer referral options appropriate to meet their current needs.
- Contact Greater Philadelphia - Crisis/Suicide Prevention Hotline – 800-784-2433
- If you are experiencing a life threatening emergency, please call 911.
- Be prepared. Create a safety plan with your therapist before a crisis occurs. Safety plans should include brief outlines of your triggers, coping skills, supports, crisis centers and hotlines.