In the first session you might feel awkward or nervous – this is normal! You may also experience some emotional pain throughout your therapy as you work through painful experiences – most people find this cathartic. The first session should be used as a way of getting to know the therapist and to see if he or she is the right person and if it is the right therapeutic modality for you. It is also a time for the therapist to get to know you. He or she will usually discuss therapeutic boundaries, confidentiality, the fee structure, social media policy, cancellations and how he or she works. At the end of the session, perhaps wonder:
- Is this someone I could come to trust?
- Did the therapist genuinely care?
- Did the therapist put me at ease?
It is perfectly acceptable to ‘shop around’ to find a therapist that you feel you can trust and work with.