What to expect when you start therapy

What to expect when you start therapy

In this solo episode, I explore the importance of preparing for therapy and what to expect. This podcast episode emphasises the importance of preparing for therapy by clarifying goals and expectations. It debunks common therapy myths, offers strategies to manage pre-session anxiety, and highlights the significance of building trust and effective communication with a therapist for a successful therapeutic journey.

Before booking your first session, it’s helpful to consider what you want to achieve through therapy. This clarity can help you choose the right therapist and focus your efforts effectively.

Questions to Reflect On:

  • Why are You Seeking Therapy Now? Understanding the trigger for seeking therapy can provide valuable context for your sessions.
  • What Are Your Hopes and Expectations? Define what you want to achieve through therapy and discuss these expectations with your therapist.
  • What Goals Do You Want to Work On? Identify specific behaviours or changes you’d like to see in your life.
  • Managing Pre-Session Anxiety: It’s common to feel nervous before your first therapy session. You can prepare by reflecting on your feelings and using resources like workbooks to structure your thoughts
  • Common Myths About Therapy:
    • Myth 1: Believing that nothing can help your problems is limiting. Therapy can shed light on patterns and beliefs that impact your life.
    • Myth 2: Expecting others to change without considering your role in relationships is unproductive. Therapy often involves self-awareness and personal growth.
  • Building Trust with Your Therapist: Trust in therapy is a two-way street. Communicate openly with your therapist about your needs, challenges, and preferences. It’s essential to feel comfortable and aligned with your therapist’s approach.
  • Effective Communication with Your Therapist: Establish a communication style that suits you. Whether it’s sharing feedback, asking questions, or requesting specific support, open dialogue can enhance your therapeutic experience.

Remember, therapy is a collaborative process, and finding the right therapist for you is essential. If you ever feel uncomfortable or that your therapist isn’t a good fit, it’s okay to explore other options.

I would even say that before you even book in your first session, it can be really helpful to have a think about what you want to get out of therapy

Marie Vakakis


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