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First therapy session tips

Postby RandomMelody » Mon Jul 08, 2019 3:34 pm

I’m going to my very first therapy session soon, and I’m incredibly nervous. I’m going in for emotional abuse, so I suspect that it’ll get pretty emotional. I’ll keep this post relatively short, and I pretty much want to know what to expect and any tips (I can’t call the therapist currently because my phones messed up). If any one replies, thank you <3
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Re: First therapy session tips

Postby Wally58 » Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:24 am

Welcome to the forums. The first session is basically getting to know each-other, like a job interview.
There may be a questionnaire about family/physical health history, etc.
Therapy sessions are somewhat expensive and the doctor's time is limited, so it is best to make the most of each session. Quiet pauses or running out of words are OK too, sometimes one needs to collect their thoughts or shift to another feeling.
Some of the best therapists have gone through personal struggles themselves. Maybe different than yours, but they can understand and have experienced the suffering just as well.
The room usually has a box of tissues for tears. No reasons for holding back as the session room is a safe place. Anger, shame, introspection, sadness, questions and joy are all allowed (and encouraged) in the session.
Congratulations. This may be a very important step in dealing with the past pain and moving forward.
Best of luck to you. :D
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Re: First therapy session tips

Postby Homestead » Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:29 pm

I suggest make an outline; a copy for you and one for the therapist.

Put your name at the top, followed by your year of birth. Whether your parents are alive. How many siblings you have. Are you married? Divorced? Any kids?

These are such basic things and it'll insure that you don't forget anything and the therapist can put it in your file and there it is.
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