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How Do I Prepare For My First Session With A Mental Health Therapist?

Updated 04-Jul-2019 - First Published 04-Jul-2019 by Debi Douglas
How do I prepare for the first session with a therapist?

The question is, how do you prepare for our initial session.

I have two words: SHOW UP.

The hardest part for many, is to believe in themselves enough to show up for the initial session. So many people believe deep down that no-one will want to actual spend time listening to them never mind taking their experiences and point of view on board. Part of the healing process on attending therapy with me is to realize that you are truly, extremely important.

Further, meeting someone for the first time, yet alone a therapist, a veritable stranger, and having to share personal and painful information about yourself can be nerve-wracking. It can bring up all sorts of negative feelings of anger, anxiety and even low self-worth. None of these feelings are good for your well-being, and it's my mission in life to show you how to make them go away.

I'm easy to talk to and I will help you feel comfortable and at ease. Just show up and I will take it from there.


Debi Douglas
Licensed Mental Health Counselor Florida
Qualified Supervisor

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