Whether this is the first time you are seeking assistance OR you are seasoned,preparing for a session with your new therapist is critically important.
Preparing Information to Share with Your Therapist
In the beginning of treatment, the therapist will gather basic information to understand your challenges and concerns. It is therefore helpful to take steps to prepare for your first appointment by gathering a list of the following:
The following questions may also be asked by your therapist:
If you are feeling nervous or uncomfortable, consider bringing a close family member or friend to your first appointment. This individual may help ease your nerves and, with your permission, may be able to share important facts with the therapist.
Preparing Questions to Ask Your Therapist
While it is critical that you prepare information to share with the therapist, it is also recommended that you come up with a prepared list of questions as well. Some examples include:
At any point, do not hesitate to ask your therapist questions of any kind. Their job is to guide you towards emotional well-being and you need to feel comfortable with the process.
Cost of Therapy
Some therapists accept medical insurance which can greatly reduce the cost of treatment. Others do not– leading to a varied hourly rate. Some of these therapists offer a sliding scale for clients who cannot afford the full fee. In addition, there are some community agencies which provide certain services at a low cost. To avoid confusion, be sure you know the expectation of payment ahead of your first appointment.