I'd like to extend a warm welcome to you on your first visit to Healing Well! I am Kitt. I have had depression for 27 years and I remember my first session with a therapist. I cried through the whole session as I could not believe that I needed therapy and why had this happened to me. So I understand your fears.
Your first session with the therapist will be different from future visits. The initial visit is a period for you and your therapist to get to know each other and get an idea where to proceed. Future visits will be more therapeutic in nature.
During the first session, you will be asked about what brings you to therapy. You will be asked what you feel is wrong in your life, any symptoms you are experiencing and your history. History-taking may cover such things as your childhood, education, relationships (family, romantic, friends), your current living situation and your career. You may discuss the length of your treatment, the methods to be employed and patient confidentiality as well. When the therapist finishes, you may be asked if you have any questions.
By the end of the first visit you will most likely feel exhausted but that is natural. Yoy may also feel like it was a wasted visit as it feels like nothing more then a question and answer session.............but do go back and stick with it as therapy worked wonders for me as well as many others.
Your therapist will take the lead and remember this is your time, one on one so feel free to let out all those bottled up feelings you have. Nothing you say is right or wrong............just let your sessions play out and you will do well. If you feel the sessions are not going well do speak up and let your therapist know. Be your own best advocate.
I am here cheering for you and proud of you for joining this great group.
With kindest personal regards,
Congratulations on going back for your appointment. I know how you feel about putting your feelings into words..........it somehow makes it real. I still have days where I do not want to believe I have depression and just want to be what I percieve as "normal". I have had to accept that this is normal for me and that is not easy even after all the years of dealing with depression.
I am glad you are feeling better today. Take care and keep on talking with us.