5 Tips For Your First Therapy Appointment

Updated: Dec 22, 2018

Have you been thinking about making an appointment with a therapist?

Thought about it but haven’t been able to make the call? Are you nervous about what the therapist will think about you?

Here’s a tip: A therapist is most likely just as nervous the first time you get together. I know I still get butterflies every time I have a new client coming in. I still wonder, will I be able to help this person? Will they like me? I’ve been doing this for years now, but those thoughts and feelings still creep up every time.

If you’re nervous about seeing a therapist for the first time, here are some tips that can help you make the most of your session while making you as comfortable as possible:

Come prepared

It’s always helpful for the client and the therapist if there are certain agenda items that you want to focus on. For example, you can come in for your first session with your counselor and want to hone in on your panic attacks. With that in mind, the therapist can collaborate with you about what the best steps are for you to meet your goal. This is formerly known as the treatment plan. That way, you’ll know what you’re working toward, and have a time frame for when you can expect to achieve those goals.