First therapy session anxiety is oh-so-common.
Sometimes, fear of starting therapy can hold you back from taking that first step for many years.
There are two main factors at play in therapy anxiety:
- Taking action requires a decision and a commitment. (It’s something that can fall to the bottom of the to-do list day in, day out for years.)
- You feel like you don’t know where to begin.
Addressing the procrastination is up to you. Make the time to make the call. The rest of your life is on the other side of that first appointment!
To alleviate first therapy session anxiety a little, firstly, know that your therapist will guide the initial conversation. They do not expect you to have all your concerns neatly summarised in 1–2 sentences. You will be nurtured through the process.
Secondly, I find that contemplating these two questions can help you overcome anxiety when seeing a therapist for the first time:
What do I want to change in my life?
How do I feel?
These two basic questions are an excellent place to begin your therapy journey. They’re also great to fall back on in future therapy sessions if you feel stuck.