Talking to a therapist

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   Posted 10/22/2006 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   
My doc wants me to bring in a list of therapists that my insurance will cover when I go back in on the 30th, and she will help me choose one. What I want to know is, helpful is it....two, I've never done this before and don't know how easy it will be to talk and three...what should I expect on the first visit?

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   Posted 10/22/2006 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Therapy is crucial I think. I would definately see a therapist. The therapist will just talk to you about simple things at first, and will try to make you feel comfortable.

When I went to a therapist, trust me, I didn't want to go, but I did, and felt like the therapist was my friend.

I wish I could afford to see a therapist now but unfortunately can't, but I am doing CBT on my own.

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   Posted 10/22/2006 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Suzy,
1. Therapy is very useful. It will hopefully help you sort things out.
2. It's never easy to sit face-to-face with someone and talk about what's going on. I felt the same way. I started talking about the little things and my therapist helped me move on to the bigger picture as I got more comfortable.
3. The first visit will be a "getting to know each other" conversation. The therapist will ask a lot of generic questions about your life, family, etc. A good therapist will pick up on things as you talk and refer back to them later in another meeting.

My therapist always starts off with the "How was your week?" question and that usually starts me off about something that may be bothering me. Don't expect to be "cured" in one visit. Be optomistic. Remember, it will only work if you believe and want it to.
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   Posted 10/22/2006 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Working with therapy is what cured me. I used a tecnique called Traumatic Incident Reduction. Once every 2 weeks for a year I sorted through all the past events that led to anxiety & depression. I mentioned it before but it wasn't very well received. Good luck!

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   Posted 10/22/2006 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks all. Not sure how soon I will be able to start, but as time goes on I wonder if it would be good for me to try.
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