Different Types of Therapy Notes

In the world of therapy, writing down things is important. It helps us keep track of what happens in our sessions with clients and plan how to help them better. There are different kinds of notes we use in therapy, and each one has its job and helps us understand our clients better. Let’s take a closer look at these different types of therapy notes and what they do.

Intake Assessments

When someone starts therapy, we have to get to know them better. Intake assessments are like the first step in getting to know our clients. We ask them questions about themselves, like where they’re from, what they do, and why they want to see us. These assessments help us understand our clients’ backgrounds and what they’re struggling with.

Progress Notes

During each therapy session, we write down what happens and how the client is doing. These notes help us keep track of our clients’ progress over time. We write about what we talk about in each session, what we try to help them with, and how they’re feeling. Progress notes show us if things are getting better or if we need to change what we’re doing.

Session Summaries

After each session, we write a summary of what we talked about and what we did. These summaries help us remember what happened and what we need to do next time. They’re like a short recap of the session, so we and the client know what we talked about and what we’re working on.

Treatment Plans

When we start working with a client, we make a plan for how to help them. Treatment plans outline the goals we want to achieve and the things we’ll do to reach those goals. We write down what we’ll work on with the client, how often we’ll meet, and what we hope to accomplish. Treatment plans help us stay focused and make sure we’re working towards our client’s goals.

Crisis Intervention Notes

Sometimes, things come up in therapy that need immediate attention. Crisis intervention notes are like emergency notes that we write when something urgent happens. We write down what happened, what we did to help, and what we need to do next. These notes help us manage difficult situations and make sure our clients are safe.

Termination Summaries

When therapy comes to an end, we write a summary of what we did and what the client accomplished. Termination summaries are like a goodbye note that we give to the client. We talk about the progress they made, the things they learned, and what they can do to keep getting better. These summaries help us end therapy on a positive note and give the client some ideas for what to do next.


In conclusion, writing therapy notes is important for helping us understand our clients better and track their progress over time. Each type of therapy note serves a different purpose, but they all work together to help us provide the best care possible. By writing good notes, we can make sure we’re helping our clients in the best way we can.

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