Individual Counselling preparation
It’s common if you’ve not had therapy before, to be unsure of what to expect. You may not be aware of what the therapist does or what to expect from the therapy. Usually, people are nervous when they first attend, this is very normal and is expected because you have not had this experience. Usually after the first session you will feel more comfortable.
Mindset changes everything
If you view accessing therapy to mean there is something wrong with you, you will have a resistance to the insight provided, this is expected with this mindset because it means the insight may be viewed as criticism rather than helpful.
There is nothing wrong with you. You have a few issues which you need some support to resolve, that’s it.
There are a few reasons people access to therapy, one is that there is someone in your life that won’t go to therapy, therefore, you have to.
The other is there have been some unfortunate situations that have resulted in a few issues which now need to be healed. Please be aware you may not be aware of what situations have impacted you, however, your therapist through exploration can help put the pieces together.
Therapy viewed as self-development changes the dynamics, where insight can be viewed as supportive to help you grow as an individual and you may find there is less resistance.
We’re here to help, not to judge or criticise you.
Your therapist will create a trusting, emotionally safe relationship and space for you where you’re able to feel comfortable and open up about how you feel without repercussions. It can take a few sessions for you to feel emotionally safe.
People heal from compassion, not criticism.
Reflect on your sessions
It is always recommended that you reflect on your sessions and take time to process the discussions. Remember if there’s anything that confused you or you are unsure of, you can always ask your therapist to clarify.
It is suggested you consider everything that is said, once you’ve reflected and realized which insight is accurate you can work with that information. Consider how you feel about the information, the sessions, and the pieces the therapist is putting together for you.
It is a good idea to research the insight as well, to help you expand your knowledge about the issue. This then leads to more self-awareness outside of the session, resulting in you progressing more quickly because the next session is an enhancement of what you’ve already researched.
Change takes time
If it takes years to develop issues, it will take time to undo them. Consistency is always key with implementing changes.
Change take time; if it was a quick fix everyone would do it.