This week Jake shares with you eight common steps when clients go through therapy. Sometimes people who need help are intimidated by what may be required of them. So our hope in sharing this with you is to demystify process and make it a little more common.
It can be a relief to be able to talk to someone who doesn’t have a stake in the outcome of your life—other than that you achieve your goals and be happy. It’s nice to be able to focus on yourself and not have to worry about the other person. It’s comforting to be with someone who is witness to your struggle and who really DOES care about you.
Therapists have the ability to connect emotionally with others, to develop empathic bonds with them, and to hear about pain endlessly. In fact, we thrive on this kind of interaction and connection. Helping others in this way gives meaning to our lives.
Addressing your concerns with your therapist is a great way to start your first visit. Bringing up past experiences in counseling can help you and your therapist build rapport with one another and talk about ways to help you feel more comfortable. Your therapist should reassure you that your conversations are confidential and that only the topics you feel comfortable with will be discussed.
The good news is, there is nothing you can’t talk about it counseling. So, if you are beginning therapy and you feel really anxious about it, talk to your therapist about this anxiety. Your therapist will be able to help you explore this anxiety and uncover some of the fears that underlie it.
Maybe you are wondering how therapy works and why it will help when other things you have tried have not. You will also be interested in knowing what kind of experience and training the therapist has in working with people on the kind of issues you are bringing to therapy. Raising these concerns, and any others you may have, will afford you the opportunity to learn more about therapy, how it works, and your therapist’s background and approach to the work.
Gaining an understanding of what to expect in therapy will likely help to reduce your anxiety. Beyond that, it can also be a safe, non-threatening way to begin building a strong therapeutic relationship. This will allow you to tackle the issue(s) that brought you to therapy in the first place.
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