hello! I'm going to be starting therapy soon for the first time. I'm wondering what to expect?
Give it time to work. I've been in therapy for years and the benefits aren't always immediate. Sometimes it's actually really hard to talk about your feelings. Make sure you have a therapist you can trust.... therapists are like relationships... some just aren't a good match. It's ok to "shop around." Also, if and when you start to feel better, it's best to still keep going.
thank you so much!
Kindness and understanding. ❤️
I echo Luteallady in that it's ok to ship around. If it doesn't feel right then bring that up.
Expect the first session to suck. You're dredging up all these things about you that you want to change. You'll leave feeling defeated and raw because you just reminded yourself how far you have to go. They'll help get you there; just have some trust.
So true. It is really painful at first. The old saying "if you're going through hell keep going" applies.
First session sucks as you go through everything in your life and past. It will get easier though. ❤️
The 1st therapist you work with may not be the one you end up vibing with the most. If things aren't clicking move to another one. You want someone you're very comfortable with talking to and opening up to
First, let me just say good luck! Second, depending on what the kind of therapy you're taking is, be honest with every answer. I learned from a friend who has mental health problems that, the more you open up, the closer you are to being done with therapy. Be honest about every answer, and be sure to open up as much as you feel comfortable.
Expect to talk about what you want to accomplish during therapy. Have goals for yourself. You really have control of your care.
Expect to talk about your mental health history, big events (positive or negative) that have shaped who you are, and to learn a little about your therapist too. It's ok to be nervous. Totally normal and expected tbh. Also I agree with finding a therapist that works for you rather than just sticking to the first one if it doesn't feel right
oh that's such a good point. I wish I had come with a written history or something. Because it really can get all lost in your head as you're trying to explain it.
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