How to prepare for a first therapy session.
Going for therapy is a great choice to make for your psychological well-being. We know how damaging our psychological well-being can be and why it is important to have good mental health the same way we care for our physical health. To begin therapy, you first need is to track down a good therapist. The way to choosing the right therapist should be upon why you’ve chosen to look for help from therapy because different therapists are specialized in different fields. In your journey towards finding and explaining inside issues that are influencing your life, know the reason you want therapy as this article will set you up.
Here’s what will be helpful when getting ready for first therapy. It’s not compulsory steps to follow, but for anyone who likes to be prepared before doing anything, this will help you feel comfortable.
Steps to take before first therapy
1. List things to bring up in the session
It is helpful to have things to talk about with the therapist, pick a comfortable and calm spot to think about the reason for seeing a therapist. Record it down in a book. Making a rundown of what to focus on will assist you to stay on track.
2. Ponder on the goal
That is, how you want to feel, think and start to act after meeting a therapist. Ponder on what you want from each session. Think about what you want to gain after each session and include this internally to know your progression.
3. Write on the things preventing you from having this feeling right now.
A lot of factors can lead to having bad mental health and some of them include: childhood pain, loneliness, lack of debt, long or short term stress, losing a job, neurological condition, etc. knowing these will help you know how your psychology is improving.
The first therapy visit can be somewhat frightening and it’s alright to feel like this after all you are meeting with a total stranger to discuss things you haven’t presumably talked about before because you feel uncomfortable discussing.
Be assured that a therapist is an exposed and skilled helper who is capable to make you at ease and comfortable all through the session.
Remember that honesty is paramount. Your therapy can’t help you without knowing your experiences. Of course, they won’t pass judgment on you. They pick their profession to assist with developing your mental well-being. Be prepared to be open and don’t mistakenly try to sculpt your answers to make them fit or present only your best side.
All therapists morally will keep the information you share secretly unless in rare cases you might attempt to hurt yourself or others.
Remember to discuss billing information (cost of therapy), the number of sessions you ought to expect, and the length of every therapy session.
In the preceding sessions, it will be a continuation of the last session but on the first day, it’s great to plan regarding what to say to abstain from being unsure which is the reason having a pre-arranged note will be useful.
Finally, the most helpful aspects of therapy are the relationship you develop with your therapist. It could be that after many days a deep connection will grow but realize that it’s OK to switch therapists.
At the end of therapy, you should have another feeling of understanding about your problems and fresh hope. The first session is the beginning of what can be a rewarding journey.