The idea of starting therapy can be daunting and even scary if you've never been to a therapist before and don't know what to expect. I've identified 4 things that I think are important for people to know when starting therapy.
One session will not "fix" all of your problems. Regardless of what you'd like to work on in therapy, one session will not be enough. The initial session is typically spent getting to know each other and developing a therapeutic relationship. Building trust and working through your issues takes time, and that amount of time is different for everyone.
My job as a therapist is not to "fix" your problems for you. My job is to support you in facilitating the change you'd like to see happen. We will work together to explore your struggles, identify healthier ways of coping, and improve your ability to tackle future challenges.
Therapy can feel like hard work and you might feel uncomfortable sometimes. In order to see lasting and meaningful change, this often means opening up and talking about difficult subjects. Additionally, because you are talking about tough stuff, that can lead to uncomfortable emotions. But, if you stick with it, you will achieve positive growth.
You might need more support than just a therapist. Therapists often work collaboratively with other types of providers. We may recommend you see a dietitian, psychiatrist or physician in order to help address other aspects that influence your mental health. These could be things like physical complaints, medication management, or if you are someone who struggles with an eating disorder, help with the food aspect of treatment.
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