5 things to know when going into therapy

5 things to know if you’re new to therapy

If you’re new to therapy, or curious about how it could help you, here are five things you may find useful to know:

  1. Finding a therapist who is the right fit for you may take some time, so you may need to try a few therapists until you find someone you feel comfortable working with. It may take one or three sessions to get a feel for your sessions together. If things don’t go as well as hoped for in your first session, don’t let it get in the way of finding someone better suited for you. And don’t worry, you won’t hurt the therapist’s feelings if you tell them you’re going to keep looking for someone you feel is a better fit.
  2. Don’t know where to start in session? Start with what brings you to therapy now: why now? What questions or worries have come up for you lately? You might also like to bring to therapy whatever comes up in other therapeutic work like yoga, meditation, body work, readings.
  3. Therapy isn’t only useful for helping you work through issues or problems. It can help expand your self-awareness and guide you through continued personal growth at a deeper level. It can also be useful to have a sound understanding of yourself when things are good so have a gauge and somewhere to come back to when times are challenging.
  4. Seeking support is courageous, not something to feel ashamed or embarrassed about. The world we are in today is complex and layered and no-one has all the tools needed to navigate every situation we encounter. Support from family and close friends is important, but a mental health professional provides a unique environment for you to explore why you are the way you are from a different perspective and with psychological knowledge.
  5. Just be you in the therapy room. You don’t need to perform or keep the therapist happy. It’s your time to explore your inner workings. You can’t get therapy wrong if you’re attending your appointments and allowing the sessions to unfold with the guidance of your counsellor or therapist.

There is so much room for growth when you work with a therapist to better understand yourself, you in relationship (friends, family, intimate, work) and how you experience the world.

If you’d like to explore how therapy could be useful for you, book a session with Kimberley Lee.

Kimberley Lee

About Kimberley Lee
Kimberley is a PACFA registered counsellor who believes everyone has the ability to heal with support and care through the healing process. Kimberley creates a safe, non-judgemental space for you to explore your feelings, thoughts, actions, and how you experience the world – what makes you who you are, why you feel the way you do, and your role in what happens next. Kimberley practices with a holistic somatic lens and person-centred approach.

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