Clients often tell me that they weren't sure what to expect when coming into counseling for the first time. The good news is that they always leave saying, "that wasn't as bad as I thought it might be!". The first therapy session does not have to be a mystery. This post aims to put you at ease as you enter your first therapy session and help you prepare for an effective and healing relationship with your new therapist.
Last week I started a two- part post about setting expectations for therapy. My intention for writing this post was to set you up for success if you are currently in the process of researching counseling options, choosing a therapist or initiating a counseling relationship- especially if you might be entering this territory for the first time.
Last week's post covered things that therapists can't do. You might have been left wondering what these supposedly well-trained, empathic professionals are good for? Never fear. See below.
If you are new to counseling, what do you expect it to be like?
This post is the first of a two part series intending to clarify both the potential and the limitations of working with a therapist.
This week, let’s talk about what counselors and therapists can’t do.