8 Tips to Calm First Session Jitters
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So you’ve booked your first session with a therapist, congrats! It’s a big step in taking better care of you. Below, I’ll discuss 8 tips to calm first session jitters.
You may be feeling a few different things: anxious, nervous, frustrated, even excited. All of these are completely normal. You’ll be talking to a stranger about things that we normally keep to ourselves.
Below are some tips to make the first few sessions great:
1) Think about why you’re seeking therapy. What are your goals for yourself?
2) If doing an online session, have headphones, a quiet space (yep, no phones or scrolling through Instagram allowed), and a great WIFI connection. Also, you’re going to want this handy lighting tool.
3) Be ready to share all the details. Holding back at first may slow down your healing process. No matter how insignificant it feels to you, it could be a big part of the obstacle.
4) Be honest and don’t try to paint a pretty picture. We want the nitty gritty details.
5) Know that it’s OK to laugh, cry, and get frustrated sometimes in session.
6) Don’t be afraid to ask about your therapist’s counseling style, experience, specialties, etc. They should know this like the back of their hand.
7) Your therapist will explain confidentiality and how important it is to the both of you.
8) If possible, have some time afterward to do self care.
Think of a therapy session like exercise. After a hard workout, you’re exhausted and need to rest, but at the end of the day, you feel better.
Therapy is the same way, it’s just an emotional workout. You spill your heart to someone that cares, you feel tired afterward, you listen to some great music (or whatever your self care looks like), and at the end of the day, you feel better getting it out in the open.
I hope this helped ease your mind!
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To discuss how therapy could help you during this season of your life, please contact me or schedule your free 15 minute consultation.
You have already taken the first step in seeking help and I can’t wait to help you achieve your goals!
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