What to expect just starting therapy for the first time

If it's your first time in therapy, there are a few things to consider before getting started:

1. It's normal to feel nervous: It's common to feel anxious or nervous before your first therapy session. Remember that your therapist is there to help you and will provide a safe and supportive environment.

2. Be honest: It's important to be honest and open with your therapist about your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. This will help them understand your needs and provide appropriate treatment.

3. Set goals: Think about what you want to achieve through therapy and set specific goals. This will help you and your therapist track your progress and determine if treatment is effective.

4. It's okay to shop around: It's important to find a therapist who is a good fit for you. If you don't feel comfortable with your therapist after a few sessions, it's okay to try someone else.

5. Therapy is a process: Therapy is a process that takes time and effort. You may not see immediate results, but with time and commitment, therapy can be very effective.

6. Confidentiality: Your therapist is required to maintain confidentiality and protect your privacy. However, there are some exceptions to this, such as if they suspect child abuse or if you are a danger to yourself or others.

7. Payment and insurance: Be sure to discuss payment and insurance options with your therapist before getting started. You may be able to use insurance or a sliding scale fee to cover the cost of treatment.

Remember, therapy is a personal, individualized process, and what works for one person may not work for another. It's important to find a qualified therapist who is a good match for you and your needs. If you have been to therapy before, was the first session with a new therapist challenging? How did it start to feel more comfortable?