The anticipation of the first session
Individual therapy provides an opportunity to work through conflicts in a safe environment with a well trained and experienced clinician. Chances are it has taken you a lot of time to work up the nerve to reach out for help. Meeting someone for the first time, even if it is a therapist, can be very scary, especially when you may be sharing details about yourself and your life that you have never disclosed to anyone before.
It takes a lot of courage to ask for help, and it is okay to feel nervous, anxious and even scared when you are beginning treatment.
So please, take time and give yourself credit for initiating this step toward change. Before your first visit, you might find yourself thinking, “How am I going to explain everything that is going on with me when I don’t even understand it myself?” Or, “What if the therapist thinks I am crazy?” Please try to refrain from imposing this kind of stress on yourself.
You will not be alone in the room, the therapist will be there to provide you with the support you need to express what you have been going through.
Feeling comfortable in therapy will be something that comes with time as the therapeutic relationship develops. Something to keep in mind is that you are the expert about yourself, and in therapy you are simply sharing information that helps the therapist understand your struggles as well as your needs.