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What You Need To Know Before Beginning Therapy

There is no greater thing than being selfless, my mother taught me, it is an attractive quality in a person but for you to be selfless, you also have to look out for number one: yourself.

Most of the time, we find ourselves running up and down for most of the day. You will wake up in the morning, get ready for work and if you are a parent, get the kids ready for school before you sit down for breakfast, spend the day running errands on your breaks and then probably carry work home which means that you will probably not get your eight hours. Apart from this, you are also trying hard to balance your busy schedule with a delicate sense of mind because, let’s face it, life is not always smooth. You may find yourself researching about psychology clinics in your area but before you make an appointment to have a couple’s therapy session with your partner or a depression therapy session, there are a few things you need to know first.

The first thing to know is that referrals are not for everyone. It would be great if your friend recommends Dr. A because she ‘worked miracles’ with her or Dr. B because ‘he just gets people’. But the truth is that, you need to do some research before you settle on a psychologist. You need to make sure you visit a psychologist who is at a clinic which is easily accessible for you and and the psychologist is a good fit for the intimate process, if you are from St Kilda, Melbourne then I recommend starting your research at Contemporary Psychology.

The second thing is to ask your therapist to know what progress would look like both in and out of sessions. It is important to know how to gauge your progress. This is the only way you can know if your triggers are still a problem or not. A patient undergoing anxiety therapy for example would be happy to know that he/she can comfortably interact in a crowd if he/she can handle being in the company of three strangers in the office.

Thirdly, it is perfectly normal to feel uncomfortable every so often. Therapy is kind of a workout where you go in to get yourself in a healthy emotional space and just like lifting weights in the gym in an attempt to tone your muscles, it can get uncomfortable, maybe even painful at times especially when dealing with trauma. Change is not always easy. Matter of fact, more often than not, it is hard. If a patient is being treated for trauma for example, the discomfort would come in when the counselling session has you recall and explain the traumatic events, for more information on trauma therapy and counselling in Melbourne visit this site. It will all be worth it in the end, even if it is a little uncomfortable to begin with.

Finally, consider every session as a single step in the right direction even if you don’t necessarily have some big thing to discuss in the session. You don’t need to have some big topic lined up for discussion every single time you have an appointment and each session does not necessarily have to end in a breakthrough. For it to be effective, therapy cannot be rushed. The doctor will take you at your own pace and you will be pleased with the results at the end of the day.