Making the First Therapy Appointment
Even if you are a supporter of the benefits of therapy, actually finding a therapist can be anxiety-inducing itself. You can be passionate about something and still have to face a challenge when advocating ‘for you’. It can be hard enough to share your struggles with a trusted friend, let alone a stranger or therapist. Also, the second we commit to therapy, we realize we are also committing to making a change. And let’s face it, change is scary!
It is uncomfortable; however, we need to feel this uncomfortable feeling before getting to that ‘good’ or ‘happy place’. What if that awkward or uncomfortable feeling could be that breaking point for you?
Let us help you in clarifying that you are not alone if you have these thoughts pre-therapy:
– I don’t know what to expect
– Will it be awkward?
– Will they ask me tons of personal questions?
– Will I have to talk about stuff I do not want to talk about?
– How do I know if they will be the right fit for me?
– How do I share my story with a stranger?
– Will they even help me feel better?
– How do I pay for it?
– How do I fit it into my schedule?
– …when I am already feeling so low and/ or anxious that it’s hard to do the simplest things
– It’s hard to admit I need help, and can’t figure it out myself
You do not have to figure out all of these answers beforehand. That is why we are here for you – to guide you through the process. We do not expect you to know all of this – how could you?
Instead of focusing on all the reasons why you should put off making an appointment, focus on what you hope to gain from it.
Acknowledge that making the call, or even booking online, is not easy… and feel compassion for yourself. Pick a time and date, and we will walk you through the rest of it.
Think about those nights you could not fall asleep because your mind is racing. Now, imagine you were able to quiet that part of your brain. We can help you slow those thoughts, and find some sense of calm. Getting there means taking the first step. Change typically happens with small steps; however, a step still needs to be taken.
Even though your psychotherapist is there to help support you, YOU are in control of your mental health journey. If the therapist or style of therapy is not a good fit for you, you can and should leave and try someone else. That is why we, and most practices, offer a free consultation to ensure you feel comfortable with the therapist of your choice. A quick call lets you ask any questions you might have, tell us about what you are looking for, and/ or let us tell you how we think we can help you/ what therapy could look like for you.
You can start your therapy now – your only commitment and effort is picking a time and date, and we we help you from there!
Written by Carly Clifton, Director & Registered Psychotherapist at Balanced Mind and Wellness Inc.
To learn more about how we can support you in starting your therapy journey, contact us at 647-961-9669, book online, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.