Relevant Interventions


March, 2021

Progress Notes

Every therapist knows that feeling of joy when a client expands their awareness or makes a sudden, emotional change. It is an exhilarating feeling but requires the utmost skill and trust in not only the psychotherapy relationship but also therapeutic interventions.

Interventions are the bread and butter of every therapist. While we must analyze and assess our client, what they really want are our interventions. Whatever modality we use in our therapeutic practice, our clients rely on us to use the correct intervention and use it well.

These interventions stem directly from our treatment plan. Objectives in treatment plans need to be met with a series of interventions. Every progress note is a reference to the treatment plan asking, “where is my client on the road to healing and what am I doing about it?”

The most accurate interventions precisely describe what you did in therapy. They should be specific enough for each modality but be written in clinical language that any therapist understands. Furthermore, progress notes require comprehensive interventions that fully cover the session, not just random bullet points.


Keep your interventions relevant by making them accurate and specific.

But where do we get these interventions? Therapy trainings rarely come with a list of suggested progress notes interventions. Cognitive behavioral therapy might provide the easiest approximation of standard interventions. For some, Wiley Treatment Planners work quite well, but many of us use more than just behavioral interventions throughout the course of a session. 

What if you use a modality that is more difficult to describe, such as accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy, internal family systems, or psychodynamic therapy? 

If you plan to prove that you are on the right track towards your client’s healing, whether the courts or insurance companies see your notes, or whether you want to consult with colleagues, you need thorough progress notes that describe the exact interventions you use.

“The most accurate interventions precisely describe what you did in therapy.”

No matter what modality you use, you need to be able to describe exactly what you did in session with your clients. And you need to do that fast because there are always more clients to see.

Chronicler fixes this. Chronicler gives you the interventions you need to make excellent progress notes. Chronicler has hundreds of interventions; you might even find some that are new to you that can help your clients grow and heal. 

Moreover, our interventions are easy to implement in a search-and-click format, all sortable by modality. Chronicler even presents interventions that match your client’s symptoms.

We are continuously adding more interventions and modalities to Chronicler. We’d love for you to join our growing community and gain access to new interventions or modalities that you like to use.

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