Starting Therapy

January is National Mental Wellness Month! Making the decision to start counseling can be a big step toward prioritizing your mental health, increasing your self-care, and improving your overall wellbeing. People seek out counseling for many different reasons, any and all of which are valid. Therapy is not only for those who are facing a crisis or significant life event, in fact, you don’t need to have a specific reason in mind to be able to come to therapy. Therapy is a place to get support no matter what your current life circumstances are. Whether you are looking to develop coping strategies, gain insight about your relationships, build self-worth, or generally learn more about yourself, counseling can offer that opportunity.

Therapy is a place where you can discuss your concerns in a nonjudgmental, compassionate, and accepting space. While talking to people in your support network about your concerns can also be helpful, a therapist is a neutral person who is able to listen from an outside perspective. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with your counselor to define your goals for therapy and to decide how often is appropriate to meet for sessions. You will also be able to determine the pace of therapy and share as much or as little with your counselor as you feel comfortable with. It will be helpful to extend patience and compassion to yourself in that way, as healing is not linear, and growth is a process – it’s okay to go at your own pace.

Keep in mind that it is always okay to ask your therapist questions, such as by asking about their treatment approach, their qualifications, and their experience. It is also encouraged for you to give feedback along the way to your counselor so that they can learn how to best support you. Making that first appointment takes courage and reaching out for support is a sign of strength and resilience!

This blog post was written by Taryn O’Neil, LPC. To take the first step toward starting therapy, reach out to one of our licensed counselors today here.