The ability to effectively engage your clients as a therapist is of great importance for productive sessions. Engaging your client is not only the only way to establishing effective communication. It is also the bond required to help you achieve set goals for your therapy sessions with them.
When you fail to successfully engage your clients during therapy sessions, very little or no progress is made, and clients will eventually look elsewhere for professional help.
There’s really not much you can do for your clients to maximize the benefits of your therapy sessions, especially when it comes to getting them to play their role and taking up responsibility as they should. But you can ensure they stay motivated and interested in all sessions. And this is why in this article, you will be learning how to motivate clients in therapy.
Keeping your Clients engaged.
Client engagement can be classified into two categories;
- Engagement during the session and
- Engagement outside the session
Engagement during the session
Building rapport between you and your client during sessions is necessary for effective communication. And this can be achieved by ensuring the following:
- Creating a good personal connection so that your client will find it easier to open up to you
- Encouraging communication and active listening
- Showing empathy at all times
- Total acceptance without judgment
- Continuously building a strong alliance.
It is essential to keep engaged with your clients during the session. But it is also necessary that this engagement continues even outside sessions. Because keeping and building upon the connection outside sessions will further help produce the best results.
Engagement outside the session
While it could be easy to achieve effective client engagement during sessions, maintaining this engagement outside sessions can be quite tasking for you as a therapist and especially for your clients. This is because there is usually so much your client has to deal with; work, domestic duties, family, and kids.
There are ways to maintain engagement outside sessions to keep the communication going with your clients. Some of the best ways to achieve this are;
- Sending helpful emails
Emails can help strengthen the communication with clients, although this should not be much relied on as there is really no way to tell whether or not the client reads them. Another downside to emails is that clients may not have the time to respond via another email. And there may not be an effective way to determine the effectiveness of such a communication method.
- Digital engagement
This involves sharing activities with your clients over the week to keep them engaged. Activities could be exercises, YouTube videos, or psycho-education. And these activities could be sent a few days after the session so that the client is not only engaged immediately after.
- Sharing pre-built care pathways
Simply put, a pathway is a series of activities with pre-determined intervals and can be very useful to keep your clients engaged on autopilot. You can be as creative as you want in creating these pathways, and this is one of the best and easiest ways to keep your clients engaged outside the sessions.
These are effective ways to motivate clients in and outside sessions. And whatever you do, you should know that the change does not just happen during the sessions you have with your clients. But outside the sessions, during the week when you are not there with them. And they are faced with the rigors of life.
If you can engage clients in therapy effectively in and outside sessions, then you will surely get the results your clients’ desire and leave them satisfied.