I’ve been in a good-ish place mentally, and have been going to therapy for the last few weeks. I was wondering if there is any way to prepare for a session or any work to do in between sessions?
This is a good question, and good for you for being so proactive about your mental health. Now, you certainly don’t need o be in crisis all the time to make good use of therapy. However if you have just made so much progress that you aren’t really sure what to talk about in therapy, you might be moving toward termination.
Therapy isn’t supposed to be an everlasting thing. Termination is what we call ending a course of therapy. It’s something that you therapist is supposed to talk to you about and help lead you toward when you have completed your therapeutic goals.
There is also the possibility that you are at a precipice where you have essentially stopped the emotional bleeding and are now looking at diving deeper into insight about the origins and underlying aspects of the issues that you have had. I think that both action and insight are important in therapy. You need to learn the nuts and bolts skills to get through and I see the deeper work and insight as a shield to help protect you from relapse of the symptoms.
So, all of that is to say there is nothing wrong with you if you are done with therapy for now or if you actually need to transition into looking deeper.
I wouldn’t say that you necessarily need to “prepare” for therapy, but you can definitely generalize what you should be learning and working on in therapy. Push yourself in real life and document what happens. Work through thought logs or behavioral experiments that you might develop in therapy. You can otherwise document through journaling your attempt at living a life that you would not have been able to live without the progress that you have made in therapy.
Also,don’t stress about it! The last thing you need to do is create a problem where one isn’t, so live you life. Focus that energy on other things. Maybe you are feeling like you don’t have enough to talk about in therapy and you need to go out and have more experiences to get some, which is what we would call “grist for the mill.” So get out there and live, my friend.