Why therapy should be used as a preventative and not just at crisis point.
More often than not therapy is seen to be a solution to crisis, used by those who are struggling with their mental health. There is a common misconception that therapy is only for those who have a mental illness and that couldn’t be further from the truth. Therapy is a tool for anyone who needs to talk confidentially and without judgement, some would say it is…therapeutic.
Although the stigma around therapy has improved, we still have a long way to go introspectively with our own acceptance surrounding the topic. It can make some people feel as if they are broken or that they should be able to handle their problems on their own. We are here to dispel that myth.
Have you been thinking about therapy, but not sure where to start? Here are a few tips on how to get going; from finding the right therapist for you and what you should expect in your first session.
- Accepting that it’s okay to seek out therapy
Your first port of call will be to accept that it’s okay to seek out therapy. Let’s remove the stigma surrounding it, and feel positive about the change that is about to ensue. It’s exciting, and once you get your ‘first session nerves’ out of the way you will actually begin to look forward to your sessions.
2. Finding a therapist
There are so many therapist directories out there, and it may seem like you are overwhelmed with choice, however doing the research and allocating some time to find someone that specialises in the area you are looking for is really helpful. A simple google of ‘therapist directory’ will lead you to many online portals created for what you need.
3. What to expect from your first session
As we mentioned earlier, your first session can evoke a lot of nervous energy. Overthinking can be a common thing we as humans do when we are worried about something, but realistically these professionals are trained to help you and they know you may have nerves surrounding the beginning of your therapy journey. Whilst we know it’s easier said than done, worrying never changes the outcome and it causes more of an internal struggle with the situation you are worrying about, so try not to overthink it too much!
4. Questions your therapist may ask
- What brings you to therapy?
- What are your goals for therapy?
- How does this problem typically make you feel?
- Overall, how would you describe your mood?
These are just some of the questions that your therapist may ask you but these may differ from each therapist, however, they are some useful points to prepare and think about before your first session.
5. What should you do if you don’t like your therapist?
Sometimes you might feel as though you and your therapist don’t have the dynamic you were searching for you and that is absolutely okay. In the unfortunate circumstance that this happens, it is best to have a conversation with your therapist about how you are going to move forward. Remember, therapy is about you and it is important not to ignore if you don’t feel like your therapist is not a good fit. Your therapist will never hold that against you if you felt you wanted to search for someone more suitable.
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