What you should know about doing therapy
1) Everyone has “issues.” Some are heavier, or longer lasting, than others’, but everyone has some kind of challenge at some time in their life that prods them to seek help.
2) Asking for help is not a sign of “weakness.” In fact, it takes a very strong person to be aware of their limitations in resolving their issues and know that other resources are available to help. Reaching out for help is practical and efficient.
3) Trust is paramount. Your connection to and trust with your therapist is the best predictor of success in therapy. If it’s not a good fit, your therapist will help you find someone who is.
4) Therapy provides a safe place to learn and practice new behaviors. Those new behaviors can then be transferred to your “real world” relationships.
5) Sometimes opening up old feelings in therapy in order to resolve and make peace for yourself can feel uncomfortable. But it will get better as you proceed.
6) Therapy is about more than just “dumping” your stuff in session. Although you may feel better by simply venting in therapy, successful therapy requires you to learn different ways of thinking about things and new skills to manage your life’s challenges. That’s where real change occurs.