When starting out on your therapy journey, you might feel unsure of what to expect. Maybe you’ve already started going to therapy, but you don’t feel that you are opening up very much. Therapy is a place for you to come and say whatever you need to get off of your chest. If you’re not talking, you’re not helping yourself. You have to work at it in order for therapy to work for you. With these five tips, you’ll find yourself opening up to your therapist.
Write Down Your Thoughts
The best thing you can do to open up in therapy is to jot down your thoughts and feelings. Whether you carry around a notebook, journal at night, or add to notes in your phone as they come to mind, you’ll feel much more prepared every time you come to a session. Don’t be afraid to write down anything that comes to mind. Everything you are feeling is relevant, and your therapist wants to hear about it.
Allow The Therapist To Take The Lead
Your therapist knows how to guide your conversation. Remember that your therapist is a mental health professional, and they know how to speak with their patients. Don’t come into the session thinking that it’s up to you to control the conversation. This is not a monologue; it’s a conversation, so let your therapist steer you in the right direction.
Rethink Your Expectations
Whatever your expectations of therapy may be, it’s time to let them go. There’s no simple or quick fix to help you manage your stress, anxiety, depression, etc. You should remind yourself that this is one step on a long path toward improved mental health, and it’s important to take your time and be patient with yourself and your therapist.
Come To Each Session Prepared
It’s a good rule of thumb to come to each session prepared. Of course, writing down your thoughts is a great way to prepare for each session, but those notes are worthless if you forget them. Remember to review what you’ve written, or better yet, bring your notes with you.
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Family Service Foundation, Inc. has been serving the greater Maryland area since 1936. This nonprofit organization helps residents in Baltimore, Baltimore County, Frederick County, and Prince George’s County across a span of different areas such as mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse. We also provide interpretation services for deaf and deaf-blind individuals. To learn more, call us at 240-241-7249 or visit here.