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Choosing to attend therapy is a considerable step in your journey of healing and growth. However, the thought of heading into your first session can be a little scary. Often fear is associated with the unknown. You are probably nervous about the unknown aspect of what to expect in therapy. Know that you are not alone. Many people get nervous, and your therapist will be ready to help you face your fear and work through it. Here are four suggestions to help you have a productive therapy session.

#1. Be Open-Minded

Successful therapy will introduce you to new thoughts, concepts, and ideas. Therapy is all about growth and facing your challenges. Your therapist will teach you about your mental health and various ways you can face your issues. Keep an open mind and try to learn as much as you can.

#2. Ask Questions

Your therapist is there to help and support you. There are no silly questions in the therapy office. Ask what worries you. Ask what certain words mean or how your diagnosis connects with different parts of your life. Finding the courage to speak up can be challenging. However, as you educate yourself more about your mental health issues or diagnosis, you will feel more in control.

#3. Build a Strong Support System

While in therapy, you will face many challenges. You will work through unresolved trauma and strong emotions. At times you may feel overwhelmed or anxious. While your therapist is there to support you, many people in therapy find having a strong support system composed of family members and friends very beneficial.

#4. Think About Your Goals

Before you go to your first therapy session, you may find it helpful to think about your goals. What do you want to get from therapy? What growth do you want to experience? What areas of your life do you feel need the most support?

Deciding to enter therapy is a huge step towards healing and growth. While there are many unknown aspects to therapy, setting yourself up for success can help to reduce some stress and worry. Think about the goals you want to work towards, surround yourself with support, and be open-minded as you learn new concepts and skills. Here at The Guest House, we create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. We are here to support you on your recovery journey. Call us today to learn more about our different treatment options (855) 483-7800.