Good Morning. Therapist always spend time at the first couple of visits and most of them use a standard intake form to gather your info so they can get a snapshot of what you are about and what your life looks like. It helps them chose what type of therapy may be best for you. Therapist don't dx although they may make comments it is the PDoc that makes the dx.
I am so proud of you for going, kudos to you. It took my therapist 2 vists to complete my intake and I felt like those first 2 visits were wasted as I did not feel like it was therapy...............hang on. It will happen and then you will see how much better it feels.
Try not to over think your first experiences. You have all of us supporting you. Please stick with us.
I remember my first couple of times when my therapist was asking all the intake info I had to remain detached and it felt like I was talking about someone else too. If I started to think "that is me, the person I am describing" I would have just sat there and cried as the person I described sound so hopeless and pitiful. I did learn to talk about me and get it all out through therapy and except that I was not the person I had believed myself to be as I had been told by others since I was a child that I was not a good person. I learned to throw out the old garbage and know that I am worthy just as you will soon be learning about yourself.
Take care and keep posting.
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