What to expect the first time you go to therapy... not knowing what a session looks like or what will happen can be a source of nervousness or anxiety for people. Goodnews, you’re not alone! Anytime we try something new it is normal to
be anxious or nervous. Your therapist knows this and will do their best to welcome you and make you comfortable right away.
The first session is typically spent doing some information sharing and gathering; we cover things like consent and confidentiality, payment and booking, your demographic information, and what brings you to therapy at this time. A first session is a good time to ask your therapist any questions you might have, and to share any concerns or worries you may have about therapy. This is also your chance to get to know your therapist so that you can ensure it’s a good fit for you. Research has shown that there is a stronglink between therapeutic alliance and positive change for clients.
Therapeutic alliance describes the connection and collaboration you experience with your therapist. Connection is built on authenticity, respect, and fondness so it is helpful to choose someone who resonates with you. Read through the bios on a therapists' websites and see if anyone sticks out to you based on their experience or expertise. It is also ok to try a therapist out for fit! At Aspen Psychology Group, we encourage you to schedule a free phone consultation or an initial session so we can spend some time together and you can see how our way of engaging feels for you. It’s not one size fits all, so don’t be discouraged if your first attempt isn’t the right fit... there are so many
amazing therapists out there waiting for you to discover them.
Like finding a good pair of jeans, sometimes finding the right therapist for you might take more than one try.