What You Need to Know About Starting Therapy

Elodie EdjangElodie Edjang
Apr 12, 2017

Is therapy for depression the right treatment for you?

Watch the video above to learn what to expect from therapy, or read the written summary below.

What to Expect

Your first session will likely be an intake session. You and your therapist will set goals, discuss why you are going to therapy, and what you’re looking to get out of therapy.

Try to set some goals prior to your first session, so you know exactly what to tell your therapist about what you want and need from this experience.

Therapy sessions are typically 40 minutes to an hour. The frequency is going to depend on what kind of therapy you’re choosing.

You will work on a certain behavior and your therapist will give you homework. You work on that in your day-to-day life, and then you talk to your therapist about how that went.

Set Goals

Setting goals is really going to impact how successful your therapy is, so do that with yourself and with your therapist.

Be Open and Honest

Therapy is a safe place for you to talk about your feelings!

Take Your Time

It’s not always easy being open and honest, so you can go slow when talking about your feelings. Take your time and develop that relationship.

Do Your Research

Not only on what kind of therapy but on your actual therapist. Find out their qualifications, look at reviews, and find out what therapy is best for you.

Therapy Is Not One-Size-Fits-All

Therapy is going to be based on what you need.

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