Deciding to seek therapy
Making the decision to go see a counsellor for the first time can induce a whole host of emotions on top of whatever you are already struggling with. Dependent on this will be how the decision came about, be it friend’s recommendation or your GP’s, something seen on a TV show that brought up old memories or having been before there’s self-awareness of the renew need of the space counsellor provides to reflect and process feelings.
The process of going through a GP can take away some of the work because you don’t have the headache of searching through the different directories or internet searches to find a counsellor you will feel would be best for you for what you can afford.
That said once a counsellor has been selected or one is chosen for you meeting for the first session can be truly nerve racking along with all the other feelings like scepticism about the usefulness of counselling. Does it work, will it actually work for me, will they judge me, will the counsellor be able to relate to me or I won’t be able to talk to a stranger. These are some of the things that come up for clients prior to seeing a counsellor for the first time.
These are all understandable thoughts and anxieties particularly if you aren’t familiar with the counselling experience. On top of this, anything that leads to change can really be scary, in general, ‘we’ prefer to stick to what we know even if it’s something that makes as unhappy or unfilled in our lives. However if you do recognise the need to see someone, being prepared to take that leap is a good sign that you are ready for that journey into the unknown.