What to Expect When Seeking Therapy
Therapy has many unique characteristics. For example, someone might go to therapy to address anxiety, self-criticism, embarrassment, and feeling overwhelmed. At the same time, someone might experience these feelings about the idea of seeking therapy. It is completely understandable to be nervous and apprehensive about seeking therapy. However, JCS is here to help you navigate life’s challenges and we don’t want that nervousness to prevent you from getting assistance.
Most relationships we are part of involve a mutual exchange of information. You get to know things about the other person and they get to know things about you. Therapy is unique because the focus is on you, which is why the therapist may not share personal information with you. Depending on the therapist’s approach you may find out little to nothing about them. It is understandable to be hesitant about discussing very personal information with someone who is unfamiliar to you. The goal is for you to feel comfortable; therapy is not an interrogation! Therapists may use different strategies, but all strive to be non-judgmental and provide support towards change. Also, unlike other relationships, therapists adhere to confidentiality standards which your therapist will review.
Therapy is also unique because it is specific to your situation and what you would like to gain. You can learn strategies specific to your needs, practice them if needed, and then review how it went when you tried them out in the time between appointments. How often you go to therapy and how long you stay in therapy is determined by you and your therapist based on your needs. Of course, you also have the right to stop therapy at any time.
Maybe you are considering calling about therapy services but still are a little uncertain about what to expect. If you decide to call you should be prepared to give demographic and insurance information. Providing a summary of why you are seeking services and what you hope to gain will aide Intake staff in assigning you to a therapist. Relevant background information (such as a brief history of the concern, any significant events, and any other conditions you have) is also helpful. If you feel very overwhelmed about this it may be helpful to jot down a few notes before you call. If you have questions at any point, ask them! As they say, “the only bad question is the one that goes unasked.”
To learn more about how JCS can help you solve life’s puzzles please visit our home page or call 410-466-9200.
Written by Julie Morton, LCSW-C, JCS Therapy Services