What To Say To A Psychologist When You First Start Therapy?
Many people struggle to bring themselves to see help from a psychologist. The initial resistance can be for any number of reasons. Telling a complete stranger all your problems is, of course, most people’s problem. Do not be discouraged you are not alone. Most people report the first 3-7 sessions with a psychologist as awkward and hard. You have done well just to make it into the therapy room. Therapy can be an experience that will help you overcome the problems in your life that have bought you to see help from the Little Steps Psychologist Northern Beaches.
So what can I say to break the ice?
Our psychologist is highly trained and will explain what therapy is about and also discuss the options of different types of psychological help you can receive. There are many types of therapy and what may work well with someone may not work for another person. This takes the pressure of you for the first 15-30 minutes. Then yes we will need you to talk.
If your feeling shy or at ease do not hesitate to communicate this with your psychologist. They are experts at explaining what is going on and making you feel calm throughout the session.
Here are a few generic subjects you can talk about if you are not sure what to say:
- Relationships. past and present
- Work/ finances
- Your childhood
- The reasons you have started seeing a psychologist
- Depression or reason for anxiety
What If I Do Not Feel Like Talking?
This is a tricky one. It can be very hard for any psychologist to communicate and help someone who is not willing to talk. You can bring a pen and pencil, but on some level, the psychologist will need to communicate with you. Often teens or borderline personality disordered patients will at some time refuse to talk and that’s ok a highly trained psychology expert can work with it for a few sessions.
In the end, you will need to chat. Given time you will want to talk about your problems and enjoy the benefits of solving your issues. People do get better with help and we believe the more you put into your counseling the better off you will be in the long run. If you have any further questions feel free to give the psychologists at Little Steps a call.