Talking to a therapist is one of the best ways to overcome depression, trauma, substance abuse, and even relationship issues.
If it is your first time having a session with a therapist, you will likely be worried or anxious about how the session will turn out and if the therapist will be able to address your issue.
Well, it may surprise you to know that a therapy session is somewhat similar to a doctor’s appointment. So you have absolutely nothing to worry about.
In this article, we will be looking at a few things to expect during your first therapeutic treatment session in Singapore.
When you get to the therapist’s office, you will be asked to sit in a waiting area until your name is called or it is your turn to see the therapist.
While you are waiting, you may be asked to fill out the following paperwork.
- Medical history
- The details of your symptoms
- Your insurance information
- Service agreement
- HIPPA forms
- Record release form
Note that you have an option to answer the questions orally; if you feel uncomfortable to pen them down on paper.
Your first session
Many people have the notion that their issues will magically disappear after their first session with their therapist. What they don’t know is that the details of their issues may not be discussed during their first visit.
Your therapist’s goal during your first session is to get to know more about you to establish a friendly relationship with you.
On your second visit, your therapist is going to dive into the symptoms or issues you mentioned in your first session with them.
Most therapists will ask you are a series of questions to get a picture of the nature of your issue and to narrow down the best approach to address your problem. Below are some questions you are likely going to be asked during your first session.
- What are some things you feel are wrong in your life?
- What are your symptoms?
- How have you been coping with your issue?
- What are your expectations?
You may also be asked questions about your childhood, career, educational background, and your relationships.
After you have answered these questions, your therapist will fill you in on the method he or she is going to employ, the duration of your treatment, and the details of patient confidentiality.
What to ask your therapist during your first visit
At some point during your discussion with your therapist, he or she is going to ask you if you have questions. Feel free to air what is on your mind as clearly as possible. You can also ask questions about the details of your therapy.
Below are some potential questions you can ask.
- Can you briefly explain what will happen in my sessions?
- What is the duration of each session?
- How long will it take to resolve my issue?
During your first therapeutic treatment for health, it may be difficult for you to tell if your therapist is right for you. But after a few visits, you may be able to know if you are making progress or not.
If you are not sure if you are getting the best care from your therapist, you should ask yourself the following questions.
- Are they helping me achieve my goals?
- Do they show compassion?
- Do they check-in with me regularly?
- Do they push me out of my comfort zone?
- Do they help me learn new things?
- Do they treat me with respect?
If you answered no to any of the above questions, you should consider changing your therapist.