Want to Be a Better Therapist? Learn How to Do an Exit Interview

by | Mar 18, 2021 | 0 comments

Many therapists don’t bother with exit interviews when a patient’s treatment is concluded and the patient is terminating therapy. I find that they are helpful and that many of the tips that I collected from wizened therapists when I began my career came from insights that they had gleaned from patients in thorough exit interviews. Therapists fail only when they refuse to admit that the way they are trying to reach and assist patients in therapy is failing and thus refuse to change. When I give an exit interview to patients I always thank them for their honest feedback, and tell them that I can only improve when I know that I am making mistakes. Even if we are making small mistakes in therapy, we cannot improve until we ask patients what it is that is not helping them. The exit interview can help therapists, as well as patients recognize the most and least helpful parts of their own self systems and become more adaptable.

1. What are the biggest takeaways that you got from therapy?

2. Do you feel like the issues that you came into therapy with have been resolved? Which issues were resolved, and which were not?

3. Were there any problems that were resolved that you didn’t know were an issue when you began therapy?

4. What were the hardest parts of therapy for you? What could have happened in therapy to make those parts easier?

5. What are the times where you felt the least safe during the therapy process? Looking back, are there ways that I could have helped feel more safe.

6. If you could have changed your experience in therapy what would you have changed?

7. What were the expectations that you had for therapy that were not met.

8. What surprised you about your time in therapy?

9. Do you feel you have a good understanding of what interventions to continue after therapy that will continue your recovery. What are the main interventions you will continue after therapy?

10. Is there anything that you think we should have talked about in therapy that didn’t come up?

Therapy, Spirituality, and Mysticism

Therapy, Spirituality, and Mysticism

In the medieval period it was common to take pilgrimages to the holy land from mainland Europe. The trip was an opportunity to face one’s fears and learn to know the deepest parts of self. The trip was long and dangerous. The terrain and culture were different from...

What Happens to the Eye During a Brainspotting Therapy Session?

What Happens to the Eye During a Brainspotting Therapy Session?

Brainspotting is a revolutionary new therapy for trauma and PTSD. We use many modalities of therapy at Taproot Therapy Collective, but brainspotting is one of the most effective treatments for PTSD and lowering anxiety that I've ever found. when doing brain spotting...

How do I talk to my kids about sex?

How do I talk to my kids about sex?

Talking with your kids about sex is one of the best things a parent can do. We know it’s protective. Kids who are knowledgeable and have a healthy, body positive sense of their own sexuality are less likely to become victims of sexual abuse in childhood. What should I...

Why Go to Family Counseling

Why Go to Family Counseling

Why Find a Family Counselor? Today’s families are under enormous pressure. Childhood is no longer a protected space for children to gradually adjust to realities of adult life. Opportunities for disappointment and hurt have multiplied with the access to technology...

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.