I’m nervous about starting therapy. Is that normal?
Therapy can be vulnerable and new, so it’s natural to be nervous. It can feel intimidating to sit with someone and talk about how you feel. The fear around that can feel overwhelming. Taking steps to seek help for the challenges we face is a huge step. It takes courage to realize we can’t face our issues alone.
Therapy is a space where you can be yourself and come just as you are, including feeling nervous. Our therapists are committed to finding a way to care for your nervousness and ensure sessions are as comfortable as possible.
We’re here if you want to talk about it In your contact form submission to us.
How do I know if one of your therapists could be the right fit for me?
Take your time to read through our website. If you sense that we could help you, you can reach out.
In your contact form submission to us, you’ll be able to discuss what's on your mind. Once we understand your needs, we will help you choose the therapist that is right for you. Or if you already have a therapist in mind, you may request them.
You can also ask us more about your therapist. You might be curious about how they have helped other people like you before or what a typical session with them is like.
It may be helpful to think of the first few sessions as trying out the waters with your therapist. During the sessions, you’ll be able to see how you feel working with your therapist. Every therapist's approach is not going to work for everyone. What’s most important to us is that you find the right fit for you. We can explore that together.
What if I don't want to talk about something?
It's natural to not want to share some of the painful or difficult things we've been through.
During sessions it will always be up to you if you feel ready to talk about something or not. It’s our job to give you space to slowly start to work through the tough stuff. Gradually and at a pace that feels comfortable to you, you can share what you feel ready to share
You can also share with your therapist that you are nervous to open up about something and they will be able to talk about that too. Whatever is present for you. Whatever you are going through. Bring that to session and you can explore that with your therapist.
I’m scared that if I open up, my therapist will think I’m too sensitive.
If you open up to your therapist, they will not think you are too sensitive, they will think you are courageous and human. We know this because many of our clients have had the same fear (that people would think they are too sensitive).
Working with our clients has shown us that the challenges your are facing are normal and natural.
You're not being dramatic or "too much." Nothing you can say will cause your therapist to judge you. many of us are overwhelmed, we all have our strengths and weaknesses, we may have gone through very hard times.
Whatever it is you're going through, we provide a safe space where you can feel heard and supported without judgement
Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
We highly respect your privacy and value your trust.
It can be concerning feeling like things you say or do in therapy could "get out." So we want you to know that unless there is an imminent danger to yourself or someone else, everything you share with your therapist is completely confidential
You can rest assured that you can talk about anything without fear of that information getting out.
If you have specific questions about how confidentiality works, you can ask In your contact form submission to us or at anytime.
How long will therapy take?
You might be asking about how long therapy will take because therapy is hard to fit into your busy schedule.
If this is true for you, we want you to know that on average, our new clients start seeing small amounts of growth after the first few sessions.
By that point, they they feel a little more calm and hopeful that healing is possible.
The total duration of therapy varies from client to client. Some of our clients find 6-12 weeks to be enough to work through the deep issues that are holding them back. While other clients feel more supported by longer term therapy.
You can work together with your therapist to find the length of time that works for you.
What can I expect during the first session?
Overall, you can think of the first session as two-way interview where you and your therapist can ask each other questions so you can begin to know each other. Your therapist will invite you to share more about yourself and you can also share what’s worked or not worked for your mental health in the past.
Some questions that your therapist may ask during a first session include:
What brought you to therapy?
Have you gone to therapy before? How did that go?
What do I need to know about you to understand your current challenges?
You can ask your therapist questions as well. You might be curious about about why their therapist became a therapist or how I've helped other clients like you.
The most important part of a first session is that you see if you feel your therapist is a good fit for you. If you feel supported, seen, and at-ease with your therapist, you can discuss if you’d like to meet again.
How can I get started?
Fill out the contact form to get started. Once we receive your form submission, we will call you within 24 business hours. During your call, you can share what’s going on for you and ask us any questions you may have.
Through understanding your needs we will help you choose the best therapist for you and schedule you in for your first session.