We tend to remember our first time for every experience we go through, the expectations we’ve had, the feelings we've experienced. Actually the memory of the activities we have done for the first time usually stays vivid on our brain, even after a long time has passed.
If you’re someone fascinated by psychotherapy and Freud, Weiss, Ericsson, Jung or Yalom are your favorite authors, or if you feel an increased dose of anxiety due to this pandemic period you have to go on and read this article.
If you ever felt like talking to someone would make you feel a little better and by someone, I mean a professional therapist or If you ever wondered how that being on the couch might feel like, I guess you should put an end to your curiosity and be ready for your next chapter.
You might feel nervous about contacting a therapist. In my opinion, this kind of anxiety is perfectly normal. But having the courage to overcome that, is just the very first step towards the process of empowering yourself to feel better or to observe yourself in this new dimension.
So, I believe I have a pretty good idea of what is going through your mind when you make your first appointment or the first time you enter that office or when you sit down in front of a stranger who knows nothing about you but is still supposed to support you getting back to your equilibrium or just listen to “everything you have to say”.
A real therapist will surely understand how difficult it can be to make that initial contact.
“Everything I have to say in just the first session” – this is the most difficult part: expressing yourself because you have to be extremely selective with your memories or events that you will filter and discuss with your therapist but a real professional one will understand and will make the effort of triggering more events or memories in order to create the clearest picture of you by asking the right questions.
In that first session you might feel the pressure of time, you’ll probably fear of running out of it and also doubtful if you skipped important parts of your story.
It might feel really strange to let yourself be vulnerable with a complete stranger, but over time, that nervousness and awkwardness wear off and therapy might start supporting you cope with your most pressing emotional issues.
Keep in mind that a professional therapist will prepare you during the session that every issue you consider should get included, in order to avoid the “left unsaid feeling”.
2. Finding a real professional therapist
Do your own research before you choose your therapist and always keep in mind that what works well for someone else might not work as well for you.
There are important considerations to keep in mind through every step of the psychotherapy process, so rule number one: aim for someone with clinical experience. If during the first session you seem to create an overall good impression about him or her, trust your instinct! It never lies…
3. Benefits of Psychotherapy
“When people don’t have any curiosity about themselves is always a bad sign”- Irwin Yalom
The curiosity to be “the one on the couch”, the talk therapy might support the exploration in finding yourself. Consider it a technique or even a strategy to put some new and qualitative habits to your mind, practicing it as a regular exercise in order to maintain a healthy mental regimen.
As you already know Psychotherapy can also help treat mental, emotional, or behavioral issues.
Some of the basic concerns that may be discussed in therapy include, but are not limited to:
Relationship or marriage challenges
Food and eating issues
So, it’s better to address these concerns in time and be supported to live your life to the fullest in the best emotional and mental condition ever. Life is to short to be lived feeling incomplete.