Embarking on your journey to self-discovery and personal growth through therapy is an important step towards a healthier and happier you. At Becoming You, we understand that starting therapy can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. To help ease your concerns and provide clarity on what to anticipate, let’s explore what typically happens during your first therapy session.
You might be meeting in person or virtual, regardless you’ll be greeted by our friendly and professional staff. We take pride in creating a welcoming and non-judgmental environment where you can feel comfortable and safe sharing your thoughts and feelings.
Introductions and Paperwork
Before diving into the session, your therapist will introduce themselves and may ask you to complete some initial paperwork. This paperwork helps us gather essential background information and understand your goals and concerns.
The first session often involves getting to know your therapist and vice versa. Expect your therapist to ask questions about your life, background, and the reasons you’ve decided to seek therapy. This is an opportunity for you to express your needs and expectations from therapy.
Together with your therapist, you will begin to establish goals for your therapy journey. These goals will serve as a roadmap for your sessions and guide the focus of your work together.
Discussion of Therapy Approach
Your therapist may explain their therapeutic approach and how it aligns with your goals. If you have preferences or concerns about the type of therapy, such as CBT, mindfulness, or EMDR, this is the time to discuss them.
Confidentiality and Boundaries
Your therapist will emphasize the importance of confidentiality in therapy and clarify the limits to it. It’s essential to understand that your conversations will be kept private unless there’s a concern for your safety or the safety of others.
First therapy sessions typically last around 45 to 60 minutes, although this can vary. Your therapist will inform you of the session’s duration in advance.
During your first session, you’ll have the opportunity to openly express your thoughts and feelings. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, share your concerns, or seek clarification about any aspect of therapy.
Homework and Assignments
Depending on your therapy approach, your therapist may suggest homework assignments or exercises to complete between sessions. These are designed to reinforce your progress and provide opportunities for reflection.
At the end of your first session, your therapist will discuss scheduling future appointments and any logistics related to your therapy plan.
Remember that therapy is a collaborative process, and the first session is just the beginning of your journey towards personal growth and well-being. Becoming You is here to support you every step of the way, providing a safe space for self-exploration and positive change.
As you embark on this path, keep an open mind and trust the process. Your therapist is here to guide you towards a better understanding of yourself and the tools to lead a more fulfilling life. We look forward to accompanying you on this transformative journey.
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