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Attending therapy can be scary, especially if it is something you have never done before. Know that it is perfectly normal to feel nervous. Try to take some time to think through what you are feeling and acknowledge all of your emotions. For many, preparing ahead of time helps to alleviate some nerves. Here are a few different ways you can prepare for your first therapy session.

Prepare Questions

You probably have many different questions and issues you are particularly nervous about. Prepare your questions ahead of time. Some people find that writing questions down helps so that they remember to ask those questions during their therapy sessions. Getting answers to all of your questions will help you feel more prepared and confident.

Keep an Open Mind

The central part of successful therapy is growth. You will grow and face the challenges ahead of you. It is crucial as you begin therapy to keep an open mind. Your therapist may introduce new ideas and concepts that might feel confusing or foreign compared to how you are used to thinking. Keep an open mind and let your therapist teach new skills and tools to help you better face your challenges.

Think of Your Goals

Before you begin therapy, take some time to think about what your goals might be. You will work with your therapist on this, but it is a good idea to know what issues you want to work on and the goals you want to work towards. Being able to tell your therapist where you would like to see yourself in the years ahead will help your therapist better understand how to help you achieve your goals.

Begin a Journal

Journaling can help you express your feelings and thoughts as you work through therapy. Begin your journal before you begin therapy. You will be able to see how your thoughts and feelings grow and change as you work through your challenges in therapy.

Beginning therapy can feel scary and overwhelming. Learning to prepare yourself will help you to feel more confident. You may find it helpful to think of your questions ahead of time. As you get your questions answered, you will feel more confident about the process. Try to keep an open mind and think about the goals you would like to work towards. Here at The Guest House, we are trained to help people face their challenges and reach their goals. Call us today at (855) 483-7800 to learn more about how we can support you.