My therapist repeatedly told me today on my first visit that “The quickest path towards happiness is seeking help.” I’m not so sure I am sold on that statement. During the first half of my visit I felt as though I was being probed for some psychological disorder. This is my third time seeking therapy and there are 5 important things to know before you start.
- Finding The Right Therapist – It is a proven fact that therapy is only effective when you have a good relationship with your therapist. Get the most out of your first few sessions so that you can make a sound choice if the therapist you are seeing is right for you.
- Subject Matter – You should walk into your therapy sessions with a subject to talk about. The therapist is there to only ask questions to guide you through your thoughts. They don’t pick the subject to talk about.
- Honesty – Throughout all of your sessions you must remember to always be completely honest with your therapist. If you hold back your feelings and thoughts the therapist will not be able to help you fully take care of any issues you are having. By holding back you make the process of healing which is a lengthy process even lengthier.
- Writing – Keeping a journal of your feelings, emotions and struggles is helpful. Writing is very therapeutic and your journal can be helpful during sessions. You can choose to allow your therapist to read your entries or you can have it with you to refer back to when needed. Journal writing helps not only you but your therapist to examine your emotional process.
- Goals – Take time to write down what your short and long term goals for what you want to achieve by going to therapy. Sharing these goals with your therapist is good so that the two of you are on the same path.
Remember when you start therapy you may feel as though your overall feelings are getting worse, especially right after your sessions but stick with it. You have to face the whole problem entirely before you can start moving forward.