Urban Balance Blog For Therapists.com: Tips To Lessen Anxiety Before Your First Therapy Session

“It is completely normal to be nervous or anxious before attending a therapy session, especially your first one. Many people do not know quite what to expect from their first session and feel some ambivalence or apprehension about beginning the process of counseling. For some, the feelings of anxiety last beyond the first session and may occur before the appointments during the initial phase of therapy or recur at various points in the treatment when addressing critical issues. This anxiety is understandable because people often share and explore things in therapy that are extremely personal and important to them (i.e. feelings, experiences, relationship issues, and other concerns) and this may trigger some feelings of vulnerability or overwhelm. After more than 15 years of counseling clients, I recommend that you consider the following solutions to common pre-therapy jitters.”

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