What to Expect During Your First Therapy Session

What to Expect During Your First Therapy Session

Attending your first therapy session can seem like a daunting process. You may be wondering what you will be expected to do. How much you will have to share. Or whether you will have found the right match with your therapist. Although you may feel nervous, it’s important to remember that we’re here to help. So lets take a look at what you can expect during your first therapy session at Swift Psychology.

Meeting Your Therapist

The first step of your therapy journey is the introduction. Before diving into the therapy session, we like to take a few moments for you to get to know us…and for us to get to know you. This may include understanding what you like to do in your spare time or what you have been doing recently.

The Legal Bits

As therapists, we have to make sure that we can create a positive and safe relationship. During your first session, we will discuss how we maintain confidentiality and the boundaries of what you can expect from your therapist. 

The Main Section

After we’ve taken you through the legal information, we will come to the most important part. “What brings you to the session today”. Now there are no specific guidelines on what you should or need to share with your therapist whatsoever. However we often, explore when your difficulties first started, the underlying reasons this may be happening and seek to understand how your thoughts, emotions, behaviours and physical feelings are connected.

At Swift Psychology, we want you to make progress towards your goals. That is why we will often ask what your expectations and visions are for your progress. After understanding what your goals are, we will work through a ‘formulation’ together. A formulation is something that we use to piece together your challenges and understand why the have initiated. 

After gaining a thorough understanding of the factors affecting your well-being, you may be provided with a development task. Within CBT, development tasks are often given at the end of sessions. This serves as ‘homework’ for you to complete in between sessions. We provide this to help develop your skills and allow you to gradually become your own therapist.

The Ending

Before ending your first therapy session, we will often check in with how you found the session. This is a chance for you to share your feedback and ask any questions about the coming sessions. If you like, we can schedule your next session, then you are free to enjoy the rest of your day.

Your first therapy session doesn’t have to be a worrying experience. Please remember, we are always here to discuss your concerns if you have them.

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