What can you expect?
If you decide to try therapy you may feel anxious about what to expect, particularly in your first session. During your first session with me I will seek to understand:
- Why you are seeking therapy at this time; what has brought you here and what do you hope to gain from therapy?
- What is your current situation, including any day to day issues you are needing to cope with? How have you been affected by your personal history?
- What symptoms - physical or psychological - are you experiencing?
In a nutshell: what is worrying you, how long the problem has lasted and how the problem affects you.
It is helpful if you can be honest and open when answering these questions in order to get the most out of your therapy sessions. Building a trusting relationship with your therapist is important for you to feel safe and confident enough to talk about your worries. If, for any reason, you do not feel comfortable talking to your therapist it can be really helpful to explore this with your therapist. If this is not possible for you to do it is perfectly acceptable to look for another therapist.
During your first session with me I will explain:
- dates and times of your therapy sessions
- confidentiality agreement
- clarification of the professional nature of the therapist/client relationship
- how and when I may be contacted outside of your sessions
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