Finding the Right Therapist for you
Starting therapy – The First Step (blog post 3/31/11)
by Lisa Catania, LCSW
When I first meet a new client, I often reflect on how brave they are to make the step into the therapist office. Some people come into therapy because they see it as a spa-like experience. They sink into the chair and enjoy expressing, exploring, feeling heard and finding a new perspective. However, most people come into therapy because they are in a place of crisis, often pain, and therapy is their last resort. To let yourself be vulnerable with a stranger is hard, but overcoming stigma can make it even harder.
Many say they thought of seeking help sooner, but saw therapy as a sign of weakness, failure, or lack of faith. Others comment about the risk of opening up, being misunderstood, and feeling worse in the process. Add to this, many have heard disparaging or dismissive comments about emotional concerns throughout their lives, such as: “What’s wrong with you?!! You must be nuts!” or “just let it go, you’re being a downer”. No doubt, it takes courage to make the call and reach out for help.
I always see a strength and a fortitude in the person who walks over that threshold of fear and humility. It takes a hidden strength to ask for help and to allow yourself to be vulnerable. Asking for help is the first step in a journey that leads to new destination and better outcome.
What I find is that when clients find a therapist whom they can trust, feel comfortable with, and feel a sense of hope in the therapist’s expertise, that they transform into that client that sinks into the chair, opens up and begins to see the possibilities of hope and change.
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