What is this process?
Starting therapy can feel intimidating, but it’s important to remember taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health.
1. Find a therapist.
Finding a therapist can be daunting. It is important to get a good fit. Asking friends and family, getting recommendations from your physician, searching online, or even asking your insurance company may be a good place to start.
2. Make an appointment.
That first phone call can be scary. Don’t be discouraged if you find dead-ends to your first calls to make an appointment. You may need to wait a few weeks to several months to get in. I know, not great news when you are struggling. Get on the waiting list if necessary and get the ball rolling. As of today, I can generally get in clients within 2 to 3 weeks.
3. Attend your first session.
Historically, my biggest no-show rates are on first appointments. I get it. It’s scary. When you attend your first session, it is mostly about you finding a good fit for your needs. Bring your questions, fears, and concerns. Keep in mind, it is important for you to feel some level of connection to get results.
4. Let that first session sink in.
You may feel kind of strange the days following your first therapy session. It can be vulnerable and simply an odd experience to share information with someone you just met.
Let that session sink in and then ask yourself: Am I comfortable in the therapy room? Do I feel like this therapist is a good fit? Am I ready to do some deep dives?
5. Start the therapy process and re-evaluate periodically
If you find this is a good fit – congratulations! If not, it is okay to try another direction and it is even okay to ask the therapist for a recommendation. Periodically, it’s good to reassess the process. Therapy is not suppose to be comfortable, but rather it is suppose to guide you/stand with you during your journey