For starters, I'd like to offer some tips for new clients who are searching for a therapist. First and foremost: be picky! If you are really going to commit to the therapeutic process, you want to make sure that you are comfortable with the person sitting across from you. Here are some other tips for starting therapy:
- The first time you meet with a therapist, you will probably feel nervous. This is normal! You are embarking on a new adventure, and not knowing what to expect, so anxiety is normal. However, letting it keep you from attending your first session can keep you in the loophole of suffering. Give me a call and tell me that you are nervous. Maybe one more phone connection will help you to make the first shift. This is probably the toughest part of therapy, and perhaps is a great way to start your first conversation once you arrive.
- Just like exercise keeps the body in shape, weekly therapy sessions keep your mind in shape! Pick a time and day that you can commit to. We have a circadian rhythm that helps us to manage our energy. Choosing a regular time and day to meet with increase your progress while you develop your skills in self-care.
- Ask questions! This is your session, and you have a right to ask whatever you wish. Your therapist will answer questions that are pertinent to your healing.
- Just like all other services, policies are in place to help make the services run smoothly. Personally, I require a 24 hour cancellation, or my client is responsible for the fee for the session. An advanced cancellation is also courteous to other clients in the practice so that they can schedule a last-minute session if needed. This includes you, too, if it you ever need one! Likewise, payment is due at the time of the session. Please be prepared, with your payment, as it will be one less thing to think about during the session.
So! This is a start. Check back soon, (or subscribe to the rss feed) to see some more tips on how to use your therapy time most effectively!