This may be your first time entering therapy; here is a list of what we have seen to be true for many people about therapy:

  • It takes time to establish a trusting relationship with a therapist.
  • It is important to go at your own pace and not overwhelm yourself.
  • We all resist change. Don’t be surprised if you are tempted to quit right before some real changes or breakthroughs are about to happen.
  • Becoming more healthy and balanced can feel very unfamiliar and uncomfortable at first.
  • Therapy is hard work.
  • Some therapy is short term (usually focusing on one issue and situation) and other therapy may be longer term (more than one or complex issues.)
  • Expect your therapist to hold strong boundaries, be ethical, and treat you with respect.
  • Remember that therapy, in the hands of a skilled therapist, is a powerful and life-changing experience. It has been shown to be effective for a variety of difficulties and problems. If you need therapy and work as an active participant in your own treatment, you can expect it will be well worth the time and money you invest.