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What to expect when you talk to a therapist

If you have come to therapy before, you may be familiar with the process you go through after reaching out for help.

Often people wait a long time before they find themselves in a therapist's office - it is easy to talk yourself out of coming in and peeling back the curtain on your most vulnerable thoughts, feelings and experiences. It can be easy to convince yourself that the problem is short term or that you can avoid it and it might go away; however unaddressed issues almost always get worse, and people soon feel the impact on their lives in some way.

If you are at a place where you would like to widen your support network and increase your capacity to cope with challenges, you might want to consider seeing a therapist, here are 4 things you should know to make the most of it.

1. Be proud of yourself for being brave and doing the hard thing - booking your first session.

2. Tune into your apprehension and feel it. Let it flow through you and know it is normal. The body shifts it's energy for survival - this can teach you things about yourself. If you continue to avoid it, it can continue to hurt you.

3. Manage your expectations for what will happen in therapy - this is going to require an open mind and vulnerability. Some sessions will leave you feeling worse than when you came in and that’s a normal part of working through hard things. Try hard to acknowledge what your feelings are telling you.

4. Find ways to support yourself outside of therapy. Sometimes the things discussed in therapy will be distressing, so having some other established and effective coping skills can carry you through the healing journey between sessions.

Based on feedback from our clients we know that at the end of this journey, clients have told us that talking about their problems made them easier to deal with. And feeling their mind is unburdened through support, understanding and acceptance has helped them have a more fulfilling life. 


We're here if you want to talk :)

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