The idea of going to therapy can be unsettling for many people. You might think…”Why would I tell my problems to a total stranger?” Being completely open and honest about your feelings may be the best thing you can do for yourself.
The information shared during a session is totally confidential (except where disclosure is required by law)
You can freely express yourself without fear of backlash or judgment. We will offer guidance based on your desired goals.
Therapy provides clients with an opportunity to get a less biased, objective perspective and the counselor can function like a sounding board.
Where else in your life do you get a minimum of 45 minutes of someone’s undivided attention? Is it time to give yourself permission to be the priority in your own life?
What will the therapist think of me?
Many people fear they will be judged harshly when the therapist hears their story. Please know that we are aware of how difficult it is to come to that first appointment and share private details about your life. Part of our role as a therapist is to be a witness to your journey.
What will happen if I get embarrassed?
We can’t tell you not to feel embarrassed as people have a right to their feelings. Therapy can be a very vulnerable experience and you may feel uncomfortable at times. However, therapy can also be a highly rewarding experience when positive changes occur.
Will I know where to begin and what to say?
You can be assured that our compassionate therapists are trained to help guide you through the session.
What if I cry?
Many people feel uncomfortable about crying, but it is healthy. It is just a way for your body to release some emotional energy; much like steam from a tea kettle. We hope you feel so supported and understood in this environment that if tears come to you, you’ll let them flow.
Shouldn’t I be able to fix my own problems?
The therapists at Collage believe that is a myth. We trust the wisdom that comes from a quote by Louise Hay, “I do not fix problems. I fix my thinking. Then problems fix themselves.”
How do I prepare myself for the first appointment?
You will be asked to arrive to your appointment with the completed forms.
We will need to make a copy of your driver’s license and (if applicable) insurance card.
The therapist will take the registration form you completed and use it as a guide throughout the first session to ask clarifying questions about your symptoms or situation. The therapist may ask questions about your family of origin, your relationships, and any concerns you may describe. You do not need to share more than you are ready to share. All information you provide is confidential unless you indicate that you have intentions to hurt yourself or someone else, as we are mandated reporters.
At the end of the session the therapist will clarify your concerns and share ideas for how they envision you’ll be able attain your goals.
If you agree to continue therapy, you and your therapist will schedule follow-up appointments. The number of times a client is seen varies greatly and is based on individual needs. Sessions often start out weekly in order to make progress on the issues at hand, and then typically space out as symptoms decline.
As you are leaving your appointment you may feel a variety of emotions, ranging from anxiety to a great sense of relief having shared your story. Whatever your reaction, please feel free to discuss the experiences with your therapist at the next visit.