• Sakshi

What to expect from therapy?

Therapy, at first, is scary. Your initial few sessions will be a bit uncomfortable. Your therapist will be trying to understand your problem so she will dig deeper, which can seem overwhelming and irksome. But you have to put in your efforts, too. It is important to remember that both of you are working for your benefit. So try opening yourself up to them. It can seem a little daunting and understandably so, as when you go to therapy you need to pour your heart out including your fears, your traumas, your wounds, etc. else it will never work.

The first sitting of therapy normally begins by you narrating the therapist what's going on in your life. This helps them catch a sense of why you're there to see them. The therapist, then, will ask you to tell them about your past, information that is relevant to your issue(s), and things/experiences that could be tied into how you're feeling. Your therapist or counsellor will ask you to share a lot of personal details as it will help them help you.

Once they have enough information to work with they will let you know what they believe is going on with you. They might take a few sessions to figure out if your issue is something that therapy can fix, or whether you need to see a psychiatrist as well. Furthermore, the therapist will also describe what approach they plan to take to help you via therapy.

The therapist will also help you develop a few tactics and habits that can aid you when you're going through the problem, again. Some of these habits include breathing practices, guided self-help, stress coping mechanisms, etc.

The therapist will help you to change and break your patterns so that after a while if you go through the same issue, you can almost immediately recall about that distinct moment. This, in turn, will help to revert to a more serene state of mind.

Remember that therapy normally requires multiple sessions, so don't expect any immediate resolutions to your issues. Therapy doesn't provide a quick fox rather it focuses on granting you with life-long solutions.

Note that in case, you feel your therapist is not giving you anything valuable to work with or is unable to understand your problem, please make sure to let them know. Don't feign it's going well and don't put yourself down because it's not. You might need to find some other therapist who gets you a tad bit better. Try to understand yourself and your needs. If your therapist is unable to help you, don't be afraid to change.

The interval of time that you consult a therapist depends on your diagnosis and the type of help you need. It might be every two days, every week, twice a month and so on.

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