Therapy Session Summary Writer

AI-powered tool to generate psychotherapy session summaries.

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About Therapy Session Summary Writer

Are you tired of struggling to find the perfect words to wrap up a therapy session? Don't worry! The Therapy Session Summary Writer, powered by Stackbear, takes the guesswork out of writing the perfect psychotherapy session summary.

Writing therapy session summaries might not be something that occurs to you until you’re in the process of doing it. And when that time comes? You might find that you . . . have no idea what to do.

As you’re brainstorming what to include in your therapy session summary, we want you to focus on three things:

What concepts or ideas did you talk about?
What out-of-session steps did your client take?
What was the temperature of the room? (Were you both laughing? Frustrated? Happy?).
Keeping these three questions in mind will help reduce the overwhelm of writing session summaries. But, if you need more help? We’ve created an AI-powered tool to help you come up with additional session summary topics.

We’ll get into this tool and the practice of writing session summaries in this play-by-play guide.

What are Psychotherapy Session Summaries?

Therapy Session Summaries

Psychotherapy session summaries:

Are synopsis or wrap-ups of the therapy session you and your therapy took part in.
Can be super long or super short.
Are a way of keeping yourself accountable to the prompts you gave your client.
Will give you a point of reflection.
Here’s an example of what a therapy session summary might look like:

In yesterday’s session . . .

My client was talking about a new relationship he’s forming with his boss. It’s challenging, but things could turn out really well for my client in the long run if this relationship turns out to be strong.

For homework, my client has been tasked with:

Making a list of all the ways this relationship can shape him in the future. He’ll bring the top two ways next session and we’ll go from there.
Overall, my client mentions he’s excited about the possibility of this new relationship, but is also nervous. He knows that it could make his life easier (professionally) or much more difficult.
Our homework, along with the key points from our conversations, will help us stay on track in the next session. I’m looking forward to it!

See how simple that was? Therapy session summaries might be new to you right now, but they’ll quickly become part of your therapy process.

Why Do Therapists Write Therapy Session Summaries?

In the case of a client, therapy sessions summaries are easy to explain: They give clients a point of reflection while holding them accountable between sessions.

The therapy process isn’t over just because your client leaves the office. While important, it’s not enough to go to therapy and simply exist in front of your therapist for an hour. You should leave therapy and put your learnings to work in your real life.

Having a therapy session summary helps clients do just that.

Therapists, on the other hand, write summary so that they can:

Refer back to your session when needed,
Even if you have the best memory or the best file-keeping system in the world — it would be hard to remember every detail from every session for every client.

Having an in-depth therapy session summary is like writing a detailed incident report at work: If you need to refer back to the interaction to remember exactly what was said and/or done, you have that information.

Keep a running log of where you’re at in therapy,
There are times when your therapy process might become derailed or heavy. When you’re actively transitioning from a session with an argument, to a difficult phone call with your mom, and then to something else . . . it can be hard to remember where therapy left off.

Keeping ongoing, brief therapy summaries allows both you and your therapist to help you quickly get back on track.

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Complaints About Writing Therapy Session Summaries

While writing therapy summaries is necessary, it’s not without it’s frustrations.

For many therapists, it takes time to write summaries when you were already in session all day.

There was also a common complaint of students, which was when their supervisors or trainers would make you write a summary and then say the session would be interrupted.

Here’s how one user explained it:

“When I was a Master’s student and writing weekly session summaries took up two-thirds of my time, I was once told to go ahead and write the summary, and then call the client back after acting like we were taking it seriously.”

A lack of feedback or proofreading on the therapist’s side was also common.

As we mentioned, therapy session summaries are where accountability is held between the therapist and the client. If the summary isn’t accurate or if the therapist stopped paying attention and the summary is way off . . . it could put a strain on the trust in the therapeutic relationship.

Here’s how one user defined it:

“In the full hour with thought trains and

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