By Janet Wiley, Therapist
As therapists, we understand that beginning therapy can be intimidating. If you are considering therapy, you have already taken the first and for some, the most difficult step to addressing your concerns and improving your situation. Feeling anxious about opening up to someone new is completely normal, but your therapist will provide a non-judgmental, confidential and safe space for you to share. As hard as this may seem, always remember that you have already overcome so many difficult things. Initiating therapy includes finding the right therapist for you, considering what you want to accomplish during therapy, and being engaged and proactive in the therapeutic process.
Finding the right therapist is imperative to help you feel comfortable during the therapeutic process. We understand that you will not connect with everyone you meet and will work to ensure that you are connected with the right therapist for you. Therapy can feel uncomfortable when addressing difficult emotions but having a healthy relationship with your counselor can help you work through those feelings.
When beginning therapy, determining your goals will help both you and your therapist throughout the process. Setting short and long term goals will motivate you to keep moving forward even when it is difficult. Goals can be as simple as spending 30 minutes each day meditating or as complex as securing employment and housing. Determining your most urgent needs and desires will help when setting goals so your therapist can provide you appropriate support in the process.
Therapy is your journey and being proactive in the process ensures you get the support you need. Your therapist will include you in the treatment planning process determining what you need and how to assist you in meeting those needs. The more you engage in therapy the more you will receive from it. If you have any questions or concerns at any point, be open and discuss them with your therapist. Advocating for yourself helps therapy be a successful and positive experience for you.
Remember, it is perfectly normal for you to feel nervous and even skeptical when considering therapy. Our therapists will ensure that you have a safe space to open up when you are ready. To help you feel more comfortable you can choose a phone, Zoom or in-person session. Some mental health therapists at ComWell can do in-home sessions as well. We will strive to make you feel comfortable, respected and accomplished during your journey to wellness.
If you are interested in beginning therapy, call ComWell today to speak with someone about how to get started!