We have come a long way in accepting therapy and mental health support. However, stigma and barriers still exist and prevent people from scheduling therapy for the first time.
Many of us have problems with mental health, but only 1 in 3 people seek and receive the mental health support they need and deserve.
Seeing a therapist for the first time can be anxiety-provoking in itself. The very idea of sharing information about your problem, life, relationships, and background with someone you don’t know may seem so intimidating that it can prevent you from making an appointment.
But be aware that you are not alone in having these fears. Here are four ways to help you start your first therapy session with confidence.
The first therapy session is mainly an opportunity for the therapist to gather information. He will ask you what leads you to seek help and will ask you questions about your life, relationships, etc. Write down some of your thoughts and feelings on a piece of paper or on your phone. It is sometimes difficult to identify and verbalize your feelings, especially when you are in an unusual situation. These notes can help you specify what you would like to share with your therapist on your first appointment.
Nothing better than honesty
It is important, to be honest with your therapist. You are in a safe environment, and the therapists are there to help you, not to judge you. They understand that some details may seem difficult or annoying to address, but it is important to share them frankly so that they can offer you the proper treatment.
Relationship is essential
Your relationship with your therapist is the best indicator of the success of your therapeutic journey. Sometimes we let first impressions take over, so giving the therapist a chance is essential. If, after some time, you do not feel good contact with your therapist, do not hesitate to ask for the expertise of another mental health professional.
Nervousness is normal
Feeling nervous before talking to a therapist for the first time is a perfectly normal reaction. If you don’t know what to say, tell your therapist, and he will guide you. Remember, you are in a safe environment, and no one is judging your feelings or behaviors.
You will get there!
It can be difficult to decide and take the first step in seeking professional mental health help. Therapy can help you deal with and put troubling problems into context, as well as prepare you for future challenges and stressors.