How do I explain to people about going to see a therapist?
Counseling is really about providing support, problem solving skills and enhanced coping strategies. You may experience these normal stages as you progress through therapy:
1. Feeling anxious about going to the therapy (afraid of being
rejected, talking to a stranger etc.), but curious about the
interaction during the appointment.
2. Experiencing understanding and acceptance when presenting the
issues in his/her life.
3. Feeling stress and anxiety when facing difficult issues, but relieved
and empowered by working with the specialist.
4. Applying the positive skills you have developed from therapy to
the real life. Developing a new identity through therapy.
5. Facing challenges with your new skills in life, and continuing to
receive positive support from therapy.
6. Developing a stable relationship with your environment.
Some people take months to go through the process, some take years. It is important that you feel supported with the counselor. Therapy is a safe place for you to talk and to learn to understand yourself with an experienced person. It is usual to have strong emotion stirred up during the session, give yourself a coffee break or some kind of ritual to transit to usual life sometimes is helpful. It is also important to be committed to the therapy sessions. Changes usually happen.