Welcome to Therapy!

We’re excited to welcome you to your first therapy session. Taking this step towards prioritising your mental health is an important and courageous decision. To help you make the most of your first session, we have compiled some tips and suggestions to guide you through the process.

Before Your Session:

Reflect on Your Goals: Take some time to think about what you hope to achieve through therapy. Consider your reasons for seeking therapy, any challenges you’re facing, and the changes you’d like to make in your life.

 

Bring Relevant Information: If you have any relevant documents, such as previous therapy records, medical history, or medication lists, consider bringing them to your first session. This information can help your therapist better understand your background and tailor their approach to your needs.

 

Prepare Questions: Think about any questions or concerns you want to discuss with your therapist. Feel free to bring them up during your session, whether it’s about the therapy process, confidentiality, or specific techniques.

During Your Session:

Be Open and Honest: Therapy is a safe space where you can openly and honestly share your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Trust that your therapist is here to support you without judgment, and confidentiality is maintained.

Ask for Clarification: If something your therapist says is unclear or you’re unsure about, don’t hesitate to ask for clarification. Effective communication is key to a successful therapeutic relationship.

Set Realistic Expectations: Remember that therapy is a collaborative process, and change takes time. Be patient with yourself and trust the process. Your therapist is here to support you every step of the way.

After Your Session:

Reflect on Your Experience: Take some time to reflect on your first session and how you felt during and after. Notice any insights or emotions that arise, and consider jotting them down in a journal.

Practice Self-Care: Engage in self-care activities that help you feel grounded and supported after your session. Whether it’s spending time in nature, practising mindfulness, or connecting with loved ones, prioritise activities that nourish your well-being.

Schedule Your Next Appointment: If you found your first session helpful and would like to continue therapy, remember to schedule your next appointment. Consistency is key to making progress in therapy, so be proactive in planning your ongoing sessions.

Remember, You’re Not Alone: Starting therapy can feel daunting, but you’re not alone on this journey. Your therapist is here to provide guidance, support, and a safe space for you to explore and grow. Congratulations on taking this important step towards positive change!

Resources

Websites:

Psychology Today: Explore articles, blogs, and therapist directories to learn more about mental health topics and find therapists in your area.

Self-Help Books:

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne: A comprehensive guide to understanding and managing anxiety disorders.

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David D. Burns: A classic self-help book that offers practical techniques for overcoming depression and anxiety.

Support Groups:

Meetup: Join local support groups or online communities focused on mental health and well-being. Connect with others who may be facing similar challenges and share experiences in a supportive environment.

Emergency Contacts:

Lifeline Australia: Call 13 11 14 for 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services.

Beyond Blue: Call 1300 22 4636 for support and information on anxiety, depression, and mental health.

Remember, Your Therapist is Here to Help: If you have any questions or concerns before or after your session, don’t hesitate to reach out to your therapist. They’re here to support you every step of the way.