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Some Things to Know Before Starting Therapy

Starting therapy can feel intimidating, but understanding a few key aspects can help you maximize the benefits of your therapeutic experience.

Therapy Is Not About 'Fixing'


  • You are not broken; you're navigating complex experiences.
  • Therapists don't give advice; they guide you in understanding yourself and uncovering your strengths.

The Two-Way Street of Therapy

Effective therapy involves:

  • Active participation from both therapist and client.
  • A supportive environment to explore thoughts and emotions without judgment.
  • Trust-building within the therapy space for deeper insight and change.

The Challenges and Rewards of Therapy

Therapy can be:

  • Emotionally demanding, yet incredibly rewarding.
  • A space for open, confidential discussion that fosters self-understanding and long-term benefits.

The Exhaustion Factor

Therapy can be mentally tiring:

  • Emotional release might leave you feeling drained.
  • Self-care is essential post-session.

Feeling Stuck Is Part of the Process

When progress seems slow:

  • Therapy is a gradual journey of healing and learning.
  • Discuss any feelings of stagnation with your therapist for deeper understanding.

Unanticipated Topics May Arise

In therapy, you might:

  • Explore unexpected thoughts and emotions.
  • Learn to experience your feelings without judgment.

Setting Therapy Goals

To make the most of therapy:

  • Establish goals to guide your sessions.
  • Regularly assess your progress.
  • Recognize therapy as a resource for ongoing self-exploration and coping with life's challenges.

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