Goals and Milestones
A sense of accomplishment and mastery are vital components of self-esteem, confidence, and your sense of identity. However, mental health disorders can disrupt your ability to reach your goals by creating emotional and practical barriers to productive functioning, leading to a cycle of psychological distress that many people have difficulty breaking. You may be overcome by a sense of hopelessness, engage in self-defeating thinking, and eventually give up your dreams. By learning to set and accomplish realistic goals, you can begin to reclaim a feeling of confidence and self-sufficiency. At Bridges to Recovery, we have found that our Goals & Milestones Group is a critical component for empowering our clients to live the lives they want, allowing you to transfer your newly developed skills to life outside treatment.
At Bridges to Recovery, we guide you to develop realistic goals that you can work towards both during treatment and after you return to your normal life. By employing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques, you learn to identify self-defeating behaviors and negative thinking patterns while developing new, concrete skills to break through obstacles and finding productive ways of approaching problem solving. Simultaneously, a psychodynamic approach is integrated throughout the therapeutic process, to explore the motivations behind and meaning of your goals, to help you gain greater self-awareness and purpose. Psychodynamic therapy helps you uncover the deep-seated emotional barriers to goal accomplishment and process the painful emotions and experiences standing in the way of your success.
Benefits of the Goals & Milestones Group include:
- Identifying obstacles to achieving goals, and discovering ways of moving past them
- Improving your sense of control over your life
- Augmenting self-awareness and self-assurance
- Instilling in yourself a sense of accomplishment and self-mastery
- Creating a forward-thinking outlook
Goals & Milestones Group At Bridges to Recovery
The empathetic and insightful therapists at Bridges to Recovery work with you to discover what you want out of life, both in the short and long term. The process of verbalizing your goals and sharing them with others in a supportive space can make them feel more attainable, and reinvigorate your sense of possibility. The group setting allows you to learn from others’ therapeutic process, and can spark ideas you can incorporate into your own recovery. Meanwhile, the encouragement, validation, and support of your peers helps you maintain momentum as you work towards the life you want to live.
After a sustained period of psychological distress, it may be difficult for some people to envision a promising future, and you may not be in the mental space to create long-term goals. We recognize the struggles you may have with goal formation, and encourage you to start with immediate ways of improving your life. For example, consistent medication management, improving your physical health through participation in our fitness activities, or bringing up a difficult topic in individual therapy can serve as stepping stones that allow you to feel a sense of accomplishment and open up the door to larger milestones. Each goal you reach, no matter how large or small, has a positive effect and contributes to healing. As part of a comprehensive treatment program, the Goals & Milestones Group can help you move away from emotional distress and look forward to a bright future.
Contact us to learn more about our therapeutic modalities and how we can help you or your loved one suffering from a mental health disorder.