[This guest post is one of several guest posts that will be appearing on our Partners and Wellness blog during the upcoming weeks.]
After therapy, there will be surprises, challenges, and new problems that will test your resolve and your ability to apply your newfound emotional skills to new situations. One of the most important tasks that should take place before you leave therapy, and ideally, as early as possible, is the development of your personal support network, which should include individual family members, friends, advisors, organizations, or other individuals or groups that can be supportive of you during recovery and beyond.
In many cases, a spouse or other family members (or close friends) may need to be taught to be understanding and supportive of you during and after therapy. They may have joined you for some psychoeducation. If so, they’ll be able to see you through a new lens; rather than see you in terms of themselves, they’ll learn to understand that you are dealing with a set of struggles and are working to overcome them.