We all struggle with different things. There are mental health issues, addiction issues, family issues, issues with life, work, relationships etc. These are all common struggles that we all get to know through the course of life, and yet each person’s struggle is different and intimate.
Often when seeking to address these issues one may explore therapy. Finding a licensed therapist, psychologist, social worker, marriage and family therapist etc. is one part of the process. Starting the therapy process and determining if it is right for you is another.
If you are looking for help from a therapist here are 3 tips to get started.
1. Schedule your first session at a time that is clear.
Everyone reacts to therapy differently. You might not pay attention to your first session much or it may affect you in a way that you might not expect. The best way to ensure a first session (or really any session) goes well is to show up, and be present. Scheduling therapy on a day that is hectic or when your schedule is tight can have the opposite effect. Scheduling sessions at the end of the day however might give you more time to get to your session, and give you the night to relax and process things afterwards.
2. Be open to being open
For therapy to have the greatest positive effect, it is crucial that you be open to your therapist as much as possible. For most, being open is hard. Try writing down your thoughts before the session so you can more easily reference them in session with clarity. Additionally, if you have a friend or loved one that knows you struggle with this, talk to them. They can often offer support and guidance and even join you for a session to break the ice . If you are struggling to be open, let your therapist know. They can work with you through this process.
3. Review your first session
It is important to take a minute and evaluate your first session. Think about the good things, the way your therapist communicated, etc. and think about what else you may have wanted out of the session. Write it down. By doing this, you may grasp a sense of the kind of therapy or therapist that is right for you and it will give you discussion points for your next session. Discussing your first session with someone you are comfortable with is also a great way to really evaluate if the therapy or therapist is right for you.
For more information and to get the help you need now, contact ONEtx for a free assessment. Give us a call today, 888-573-1110