Best, Dr. Debra
Most therapists lead sessions and allow their clients to lead sessions to varying degrees. Clients who experience anxiety or need to practice assertiveness or who struggle to make themselves noticeable might benefit from taking the lead within the safe, accepting, and comfortable context of therapy where the therapist can provide constructive feedback and observe the outcome of non-risky trial-and-error practice.
There are various models of reflection of your emotions, while you do the internal work.
If your therapy process needs additional feedback or response or lead, you must request it. A therapy session is your time and it's about what your needs are.
Dr. Claire PSY. D. Sent from iPhone
As you get in touch with therapists, this would be a good question to address to them as part of your selection process. Some therapists are very directive and others tend to let the client set the agenda and pace of the work.
If you think you would prefer someone who has a plan for each session and ideas of that needs to be done to address your goals, you can ask that something your therapist is comfortable providing. Setting this expectation at the start of therapy and checking-in about it after a few sessions can help to make certain it happens. The check-in would also give you an opportunity to decide whether that approach continues to be comfortable after the start of therapy.
Psychological Solutions Center