First Time in Therapy? Here's What You Can Expect
Deciding to start therapy can be a big step towards improving your mental health and well-being. But if you've never been to therapy before, you might feel nervous or unsure about what to expect. In this blog post, we'll go over what you can expect during your first time in therapy.
Finding a Therapist
Before your first therapy session, you'll need to find a therapist who you feel comfortable working with. IIs this someone you feel safe with?
When you've found a few therapists that you're interested in working with, you can call them to set up an initial appointment. This first appointment is usually a consultation or intake session, where you'll have the chance to talk to the therapist and see if they're a good fit for you.
Preparing for Your First Session
Before your first therapy session, you might feel nervous or anxious. To help ease your nerves, you can prepare for the session by writing down any questions you have for the therapist or any topics you want to discuss. It can also be helpful to bring a notebook or journal to take notes during the session.
During the Session
During your first therapy session, the therapist will likely ask you some questions about your background, medical history, and current symptoms. They may also ask you about your goals for therapy and what you hope to achieve.
It's important to be honest and open with your therapist, even if it feels uncomfortable at first. Remember that therapy is a judgment-free zone, and your therapist is there to help you.
After the Session
After your first therapy session, you might feel a mix of emotions. You might feel relieved to have finally started therapy, but also anxious or overwhelmed about what comes next. It's important to remember that therapy is a process, and it takes time to see progress.
You might also have homework or exercises to do between sessions, such as journaling or practicing relaxation techniques. It's important to follow through with these assignments to get the most out of therapy.
Starting therapy can be a big step towards improving your mental health and well-being. By finding a therapist who you feel comfortable working with, preparing for your first session, and being honest and open during the session, you can get the most out of your therapy experience. Remember that therapy is a process, and it takes time to see progress, but with time and effort, you can achieve your goals and improve your mental health.
Wishing you well