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How does it work???

Therapy. The first visit, how does it work? What should I expect?

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:54 PM on Apr. 17, 2013 in General Parenting

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  • Physical therapy? Speech therapy? Couples counseling? What kind of therapy?

    Answer by missanc at 1:59 PM on Apr. 17, 2013

  • Counseling, you mean? The first session of counseling is often a getting acquainted session. The counselor asks questions to get to know you and what problems you are wanting to address.

    Answer by Ballad at 3:02 PM on Apr. 17, 2013

  • If you're going for counseling, you can expect to spend some time talking about what brought you to therapy, what issues are troubling you, what you are hoping for by coming to therapy. This will give the therapist a chance to hear from you, understand something about your needs & concerns, and get a very general sense of your goals--all of which is important for the therapist to understand (at least on some level; this isn't something you have to have clearly in mind, but something that becomes apparent as you talk about what's not satisfactory to you, and what matters.) The earliest contacts are about developing a rapport, so you can expect that the therapist will listen closely and also find ways to respond to your communications that convey a good sense of your concerns and of who you are.
    So my thought is that you should expect to be heard...expect to talk a bit & get a sense that you are being heard & understood well.

    Answer by girlwithC at 3:11 PM on Apr. 17, 2013

  • None of that is really "on you," though. A good therapist will just ask the questions that lead to that stuff. It is not up to you to know what you want to talk about, or to talk a lot, or to have anything planned. You'll be responding to the therapist. In the end, you probably should be the one doing most of the talking (in terms of total quantity), but the therapist takes a very active role in those early contacts. So it should feel like the therapist set things up well and invited the input from you.

    Answer by girlwithC at 3:17 PM on Apr. 17, 2013

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