What can I expect in the first session when I see a therapist?
In our first session, I’ll get to know you by gathering some information about your life, such as your job, school, relationships, and family history. I’ll want to know what has led you to counseling. In other words, what is happening in your life that is causing distress or difficulty? By the end of our first session, I should be able to give you some of my insights into the problems that you’re facing, and some thoughts on how we can work together to make your life better.
How long does therapy last?
The length of time spent in therapy is an individual decision, and it varies greatly from person to person. Some people come to see me for a few weeks. Others are in therapy for months or sometimes years. In many ways, it depends on the nature of the issues you face, the length of time you’ve been struggling with them, and your willingness to take a good, hard look at those issues. Ultimately, I think you’ll know when your work is done. It’s something we will talk about from time to time along the way. Also, some people come to therapy at various points throughout their life. You might see it as a “tune-up” when the road gets rough.
Don’t only REALLY sick people come for counseling?
Absolutely not! While it’s true that everyone’s problems are different, and some people face serious mental illness, one thing is certain. Almost anyone can benefit from therapy. Making the decision to see a counselor does not mean that you are “sick” or “weak.” In fact, it takes a lot of courage to face your biggest fears, your greatest failures, and your deepest regrets. Being in therapy means you are STRONG, even if you don’t feel that way at the start. Odds are, you’ll see that your are before your therapy is done.