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7 Reasons Why Some Therapists Take Notes

It is often noticed when one goes to a therapy Toronto that these therapists are having note pad in their hands. They are listening to or so it seems and scribbling something down constantly. No one can judge as to whether this practice of therapist is beneficial or not. This varies from one individual to another. Every therapist has a different way of noting down the important information during the sessions. Here are seven reasons Ellen Psychotherapist mentioned

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  1. It’s distracting

Irrespective of a therapist’s multi-tasking skills, they’re going to lose some of the client’s thoughts as they debate “your” vs. “you’re” or blast through the “i before e except after c” ditty.one just cannot fully attend to a client while articulating and scripting a summary. Also, most therapy conversations travel a non-linear path, so a session outline won’t follow the MLA handbook.

  1. Does it helpmemory?

Something happens when you write something down. It removes the pressure to recall. That is why writing a piece of information is so effective for anxious people who have difficulty sleeping at bedtime. If you have it in the written record, why work to repeat it in your ears? But in therapy, if the therapist isn’t returning to the notes to digest every word, the notes may actually decrease the quantity of statistics the therapist remembers.

  1. We already take real notes

The notes taken during the session are normally random fragments of data. Whether your therapist take notes or not, it seems that they still need to write a legally binding note at the conclusion of the session. In-session notes may help us recall certain minutia, but it records trees, not forest.

  1. Intakes/legal issues

Early sessions tend to be heavy in history and description of the symptoms the client experiences. Toronto Therapists are often known to jot down the significant dates, names of important people, and descriptions of symptoms. This becomes even more important when authenticating information that could be written up in an abuse report or other legal proceedings. Most therapists who take notes during early sessions set the pen aside after gathering the history, but not everyone.

  1. Therapeutic modality

Some forms of therapy rely on a written record of thoughts, feelings, subjective units of distress or the cliché psychoanalysis lying-on-the-couch scenario mentioned above. These therapists have been trained to take notes during the session, so they’re just following their routines.

  1. Anxiety

“I like to have my notepad nearby to give me something to focus on during intense sessions. I write more during the session with clients who make me feel uncomfortable.” This is a statement by one of many therapists. Therapists are people too, and sometimes they are drawn to the notes as a way to organize a lot of content or as a buffer for emotionally heavy material. It may not be ideal, but it happens.

  1. Habit

Some Toronto therapists learned from a professor, supervisor, or their own therapist that the pen is co-therapist. They may be repeating a habit without calculating its function or significances.