5 Creative Things to Talk about in Your Therapy Sessions

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June 8, 2024

5 Creative Things to Talk about in Your Therapy Sessions

Ever feel like your therapy sessions are stuck on repeat, covering the same ground without making progress? 

While therapy is an incredibly powerful tool for healing and personal growth, it can sometimes be difficult to know exactly what you want to talk about. This is especially the case when dealing with complex and sensitive issues like trauma, but it's also true for other common mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, and stress.

The complexity and sensitivity of these experiences can make it hard to open up and find the right words during your sessions. You might find yourself struggling to articulate your thoughts and feelings, unsure of where to start or what topics to focus on. But don't worry, you're not alone in this journey! At KMA Therapy, we understand these challenges and are here to provide you with the guidance you need.

Our goal is to help you make the most out of your therapy experience by offering useful insights and suggestions on what to discuss with your therapist. Whether you're navigating the aftermath of trauma, managing the daily struggles of anxiety, coping with the weight of depression, or simply seeking to improve your overall mental well-being, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading to discover 5 creative topics that can enhance your therapy sessions and support your path to healing and growth.

How does therapy Work?

How Does Therapy Work? 🤔

Therapy is a journey, and it takes time to see results. 

But if you're committed, it can greatly improve your mental health. Therapy has many benefits. It can help you:

  1. Understand your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
  2. Change your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
  3. Improve your relationships
  4. Manage stress and anxiety
  5. Cope with difficult emotions
  6. Achieve your personal goals

Therapy is about you. It’s not about becoming better for someone else or just being "fitter, happier, and more productive." Unless that's what you truly want, therapy focuses on your personal growth.

In therapy, you free yourself to become who you want to be. You discover what brings you joy and learn how to follow your passions. It helps you grow into your truest, freest self.

You might think this comes naturally, but society teaches us to be productive members. We strive to please partners, bosses, and families, often at our own expense. In trying to fit into the world, we can lose touch with our true selves and desires.

That’s where therapy helps. 

The Actual Purpose of Therapy

Therapists focus on one main goal: uncovering and letting go of the baggage that holds you back.

You can start from different points, but some goals you might set are: 

  • Who are you? And who do you want to be?

  • Who were you before pursuing the wrong career or dealing with toxic jobs?

  • Who were you before broken relationships and personal failures hurt your self-worth?

  • Who were you before your parents' traumas and distorted views affected you?

Moreover, to elevate your therapy experience to new heights, connect with one of our expert KMA Therapy therapists. Imagine the person you aspired to be before life's challenges intervened or reflect on the dreams and wishes that have yet to come to reality. 

What should I talk about with my therapist?

When you're unsure what to discuss in therapy, think about why you started. It's easy to lose track of the motivation, vision, or strong emotions that made you make that first appointment.

Life happens, and crises might lessen without being fully resolved. You might reach some initial goals without addressing the deeper needs or longings that brought you to therapy.

So, when you're unsure what to talk about in therapy or where therapy is going, ask yourself: What did I want to get out of it? Have I achieved that?

Sometimes, the answer is "Yes." This could mean you're ready to quit therapy or take a break. But it doesn't always mean that. The reasons you thought you were going to therapy might not be the real reasons you're there.

Therapists create what's called "a holding environment." If they do it right, you can tell your therapist everything. Take your time, though. Open up slowly as you get to know and feel more comfortable with your therapist. 

This happens to almost everyone. It's how therapy works: at first, you think your goal is to stop one bad habit, but then you realize you want more from therapy—and life—than that. The reason you start therapy is often deeper than you think.

What to Discuss in Therapy Sessions: 5 Impactful Things to Consider! 📝

Therapy sessions can be incredibly beneficial for your mental health and overall well-being. Here are 5 important topics to discuss with your therapist, elaborated with examples to illustrate their importance and how they can help:

#1 Current Thoughts and Behaviors

Why It Matters:

Talking about your current thoughts and behaviors helps your therapist understand what’s going on in your mind and daily life. This can reveal patterns that might be affecting how you feel. Looking at your daily habits, like how you sleep, eat, and exercise, can show how these routines impact your mental health. Identifying specific situations that trigger certain thoughts or actions can help you and your therapist create strategies to manage and change them, improving your overall well-being.


Imagine you're feeling anxious every time you prepare for a meeting at work. By talking about this with your therapist, you can explore what's triggering this anxiety. Perhaps it's a fear of judgment or a lack of confidence. 

Your therapist can then help you develop coping strategies, such as mindfulness techniques or positive self-talk, to manage these feelings and behaviors.

#2 Life Events

Why It Matters:

Life events, whether good or bad, have a big impact on your mental health. Adjusting to new situations, dealing with ongoing stress, or handling the emotions tied to major accomplishments can be challenging. Talking about these events in therapy helps you navigate these experiences and build resilience. It also gives your therapist a fuller picture of your life, allowing them to offer more targeted support.


Let's say you recently moved to a new city and are struggling to adjust. This life event can bring challenges like loneliness, homesickness, or stress from adapting to a new environment. 

By sharing this, your therapist can help you develop strategies to build a new support system, manage stress, and find new activities to enjoy in your new home.

#3 Your Relationships

Why It Matters:

Relationships are key to our mental health. They can be supportive or stressful, and talking about them can help improve how you interact with others. Strengthening your support systems ensures you have people to rely on during tough times. Understanding your attachment style and how it affects your relationships can lead to healthier and more secure connections with the people in your life.


If you're having frequent arguments with a close friend or partner, talking about it in therapy can help. Your therapist can help you understand the underlying issues, such as communication problems or unmet needs, and work on ways to improve your relationship dynamics. This might include practicing active listening or setting healthy boundaries.

#4 Goals and Progress 

Why It Matters:

Setting and achieving goals gives you a sense of direction and accomplishment. Discussing your goals and progress with your therapist can keep you motivated and help you tackle any obstacles. Celebrating even small achievements boosts your self-esteem and reinforces positive progress. Regularly talking about your goals helps you stay focused, address challenges as they come up, and maintain a continuous sense of achievement and motivation.


For instance, if you aim to raise your GPA, your therapist might help you identify the subjects you're struggling with and explore why they're challenging. They can also help you develop better study habits, such as setting aside regular study times, using active learning techniques, and seeking additional help from tutors or study groups. 

Additionally, your therapist can help you address test anxiety by teaching relaxation techniques and cognitive strategies to stay calm and focused during exams.

#5 Past Challenges and Traumas

Why It Matters:

Addressing past challenges and traumas is essential for healing and moving forward. These experiences can have long-lasting effects on your mental health, and discussing them can lead to significant breakthroughs. Building resilience by developing coping skills helps you handle and bounce back from tough situations. In therapy, you'll be able to work on understanding and making peace with your past experiences, which can reduce their negative impact on your life and improve your overall well-being in the long run.


If you experience bullying in school, it might still affect your self-esteem and how you interact with others. Talking about these past experiences in therapy can help you process the pain, understand how it impacts your current life, and develop healthier coping mechanisms. 

Your therapist might use techniques like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or trauma-focused therapy to support your healing process.

How to Get the Most from Therapy Sessions?

Therapy varies from person to person. What helps one may not help another. Now that you know what to talk about in therapy, here are some tips to help maximise your experience.

1. Avoid Fixating on Being Overly Polite

Feel free to ask questions. You can disagree with your therapist. If something doesn't make sense, speak up. Your feelings are always valid, regardless of a therapist's training or expertise. Don't hesitate to voice concerns if something feels off.

2. Share Openly

Being completely honest about your thoughts is best for your therapist to understand and assist you effectively. If you worry about judgment, remember that a good therapist aims to understand, not judge.

3. Be True To Yourself

If being authentic seems confusing or unnatural, let your therapist know. This information is valuable for your progress. If you struggle to express your feelings, honesty about this struggle is key to addressing your challenges.

4. Express Your Emotions

In therapy, it's okay to show your emotions. If something triggers anger or sadness, let those feelings out. Therapists are accustomed to clients expressing emotions without always understanding why. Exploring these emotions is part of the therapeutic process.

5. Avoid Fixating Solely On Symptom Relief

If you want to stop panic attacks, therapy can alleviate them while identifying their root causes. It's like using pain relievers: they ease the pain, but understanding the source is crucial.

6. Establish Boundaries

While discussing therapy with loved ones is natural, consider setting boundaries on what you share. There may be times when you prefer not to disclose therapy details. Additionally, others' opinions may not always be helpful.

7. Keep A Journal

Therapy extends beyond the session. Practice what you learn throughout the week and note any emerging emotions or challenges. Maintaining a journal helps track your progress and provides material for therapy discussions.

8. Establish Communication Protocols

Creating clear communication protocols is essential for maintaining a strong therapeutic relationship and ensuring effective support between sessions, particularly during moments of heightened emotional distress. 

9. Acknowledge Reluctance

Sometimes, we may find ourselves hesitant or resistant to therapy. It's completely normal. Take a moment to reflect on why you might be feeling this way. Is it because you're not feeling a connection with your current therapist? 

Or perhaps you're encountering challenging issues that are uncomfortable to address. Acknowledging these feelings can help you better understand your needs and whether any adjustments are necessary.

10. Don't Watch The Clock

Trust your therapist's ability to manage the session time effectively. Instead of worrying about the clock, focus on being fully present during therapy sessions. These sessions typically last around 50 minutes, providing a dedicated space for self-care and exploration.

11. Schedule Therapy Thoughtfully

Whenever possible, schedule therapy sessions when you can dedicate some time to post-session reflection. After therapy, having time to process your thoughts and emotions can enhance your emotional availability during the session.

Positive Change Takes Time 🕰️

Therapy is a transformative journey that empowers people to navigate life's challenges, understand themselves on a deeper level, and ultimately pursue their truest aspirations. Knowing what to discuss in therapy can help you make significant improvements toward healing and personal growth. 

Remember, therapy is a collaborative process; finding the right therapist and approach can make all the difference. At KMA Therapy, we understand the frustration of repetitive sessions that seem to lead nowhere. Our personalized approach ensures that each therapy session is tailored to your needs and goals. 

With our team of experienced therapists, you'll find a safe space to explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, empowering you to make meaningful progress. So, book your appointment today with KMA Therapy and take your first step towards a brighter and more fulfilling future.


  1. Why do I feel stuck in therapy?

Feeling stuck in therapy can happen for various reasons, such as hitting a plateau in progress, unresolved deeper issues, lack of clarity on goals, or difficulty opening up about certain topics. It’s important to discuss these feelings with your therapist to identify potential causes and solutions.

  1. What are some signs that I might be stuck in therapy?

Signs of being stuck in therapy include feeling like you’re not making progress, experiencing repetitive sessions without new insights, feeling bored or disengaged, or having persistent issues that aren’t being addressed.

  1. Is it normal to feel stuck in therapy from time to time?

Yes, it’s quite common to feel stuck at certain points during therapy. Progress in therapy is not always linear, and encountering obstacles can be part of the process. It’s important to communicate these feelings to work through them effectively.

  1. What should I do if I feel stuck but am uncomfortable discussing it with my therapist?

If discussing it directly feels challenging, you might start by writing down your thoughts and feelings to share in a session. Alternatively, you can bring up related topics indirectly or use metaphors to express your feelings of being stuck.

  1. When should I consider finding a new therapist if I feel stuck?

If, after addressing your concerns and trying new approaches, you still feel stuck and believe the therapeutic relationship isn’t effective, it might be time to consider a new therapist. It’s important to find someone whose style and expertise align with your needs.

If you're feeling stuck and considering a change, don't hesitate to explore new options. At KMA Therapy, we offer a diverse team of experienced therapists who can provide fresh perspectives and approaches to help you move forward.

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Furqan Javed
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