What is therapy like?
Starting therapy can feel like a big step, and it's natural to feel nervous or uncertain about what to expect.
However, many people find that therapy can be a helpful and supportive experience.
Here are some common experiences people might have when starting therapy:
Finding a therapist: The first step is usually finding a therapist who you feel comfortable with and who specializes in the kind of support you're looking for. This can involve doing research online, getting recommendations from friends or family, or working with a mental health professional to find a good fit. Most therapist have ample information about themselves, the approaches they use, and the clients they work best with. To see our teams bios click here.
First session: In your first session, you'll typically spend some time getting to know your therapist and sharing more about what brings you to therapy. Your therapist may ask you questions about your background, your current situation, and your goals for therapy. This is a great time to get a feel for the therapist and see if they may be a good fit for you.
Setting goals: As you continue with therapy, you'll work with your therapist to set goals for your sessions and identify strategies to help you achieve those goals. Your therapist may assign homework or suggest exercises to help you practice skills outside of sessions.
Progression: Therapy can be a gradual process, and it's common to have ups and downs along the way. You may find that some sessions are more difficult than others, but over time, many people find that therapy can help them feel more confident, better able to manage stress, and more in control of their thoughts and emotions.
Conclusion: It is important to know that most people will not be in therapy for the rest fo their lives. Most people will work to achieve their identified goals and once this has happened they will "graduate" or end therapy. Ultimately the goal for therapy is to help teach you the skills you need to reach your goals so that you can be the master of your own life, not to create dependance on a therapist or the therapeutic relationship.
Overall, starting therapy can be a positive and empowering experience that can help you work through challenges and achieve your goals.