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Cell Phones and Therapy

Don't mix.

Therapy won’t help you unless you are present in your sessions. It might be tempting to keep your phone out, but don’t do it. Studies have shown that just having your phone within reach will distract you, even if you don’t check it.

Is there anything that can't wait? For instance, a family or work situation that requires you to be potentially available on short notice. If there is, tell me about it and we’ll make an exception to the rule. But otherwise, silence your phone, put it away, and let yourself have a reprieve from notifications and interruptions.

The focus of therapy should be on you, not your messages.