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  • Writer's pictureDeric Hollings

Recalling Information


When I was a child, I didn’t know that I qualified for a diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Contrarily, what I knew was that I had significant difficulty recalling information.


It wasn’t until I was in the Marine Corps that I was diagnosed with ADHD. I then learned different techniques to help me learn, retain, and recall knowledge.


One approach I found helpful was note-taking. Interestingly, this method was also useful in childhood though I drew sketches on notebook paper rather than drafting alphanumeric data for information retention.


However, on many occasions, I was subjected to punishment for drawing when educators lectured to the class. All the same, I could look at an elaborate sketch and accurately describe what a teacher was saying and when in the lecture it was stated.


Building upon my understanding about information recall, I was able to successfully earn three higher education degrees though use of note-taking. Now that I practice Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), I find it useful to take notes in my sessions.


By doing so, I’m able to track the progress of clients with whom I work. As well, I encourage clients to take notes to facilitate information recall, per page 44 of The REBT Therapist’s Pocket Companion.


For example, when conducting psychoeducation I realize that it may be useful for newer clients to provide themselves with a visual aid of their own making. As these clients progress in their treatment or management, they can reflect upon learned lessons to build upon their knowledge base.


Additionally, I invite clients to write down negotiated homework tasks. Not only may this help with recalling information, clients create a record of agreed-upon exercises and this form of reminder contributes to personal responsibility and accountability for each client.


Although page 45 of The REBT Therapist’s Pocket Companion advocates allowing clients to “tape-record their therapy sessions,” I generally oppose this practice for the unique mental health care services I provide. In fact, it’s expressly stated in my informed consent documentation that such behavior isn’t allowed.


For prospective clients with specific disabilities which create the need for such an accommodation, I may be able to negotiate this rule. For all others, I find that note-taking for information recall can significantly improve one’s ability to effectively practice REBT.


If you’re looking for a provider who works to help you understand how thinking impacts physical, mental, emotional, and behavioral elements of your life—helping you to sharpen your critical thinking skills, I invite you to reach out today by using the contact widget on my website.


As a psychotherapist, I’m pleased to help people with an assortment of issues ranging from anger (hostility, rage, and aggression) to relational issues, adjustment matters, trauma experience, justice involvement, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety and depression, and other mood or personality-related matters.


At Hollings Therapy, LLC, serving all of Texas, I aim to treat clients with dignity and respect while offering a multi-lensed approach to the practice of psychotherapy and life coaching. My mission includes: Prioritizing the cognitive and emotive needs of clients, an overall reduction in client suffering, and supporting sustainable growth for the clients I serve. Rather than simply helping you to feel better, I want to help you get better!



Deric Hollings, LPC, LCSW





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