Maybe you’ve been considering therapy, but don’t know what to expect. It can seem intimidating. What will you talk about? How can you make sure to get the most out of it? A lot of therapy is what you put into it. Here are a few valuable pointers to help you know get the most benefit.
Before Beginning With a Therapist.
What is it you would like to see changed? Have a general idea of what the problem is that you would like to have changed. The clearer you are about what you want to work on, the better the therapist can help from the get-go. Your therapist will help you clarify your goals and examine your expectations, but it is helpful to either have an idea in mind or to know that an early goal is to get clearer on what the problem is.
When you are choosing a therapist, know there as many different types of therapy as there are therapists. Each has his or her own special demeanor, experience, therapeutic preferences and niches. It can be helpful to contact a few different therapists to compare to get a feel for what qualities you would like. Make sure you aren’t getting too caught up in the research process, though. If it feels like a good fit, jump in to a session or two. If you don’t feel like it’s a good fit, be honest and let the therapist know. There may be something there worth discovering and processing, or the therapist can make a referral for you that may be better suited for you.
When scheduling a session, try to pick a time of day when you can spend some time afterwards reflecting on the session. Get to your sessions a little early, so you have time to gather yourself and focus on your needs.
Rinda Rosenberg, LMHC
Coral Springs, FL
Call to schedule 954-951-8295