Seeking help with emotional issues can be daunting.
Change is difficult, even if it is for the better. By taking the first step today, you are giving yourself the gift of time, non-judgemental objective attention and complete positive focus on you and your issues.
Here's an idea of what to expect when contacting or meeting your therapist for the first time:
If you call, it is likely that you will get the answering service, as the therapist is often busy with other clients when you call. Perhaps this is a relief, because it can be a little daunting to have 'full on' phone contact straight away. You can leave a message with one or two words about what you would like helpp with and a suitable time, for the therapist to call you back.
When you meet: You will most likely be asked what has brought you to therapy - what is the issues you would like to improve. It is a bit like going to the dentist or physiotherapist - when the therapist knows what is 'hurting', it is easier for her or him to know how to help.
Some therapists take notes while you are talking, others do not - it is very individual. If your therapist takes notes, you should always be welccome to read through them, if you want.
When the session is over, you pay and arrange a new time. Remember that you are in no way obliged to make another appointment. The main thing is that you feel comfortable with your therapist and that you like him or her well enough to work with her or him.
Last but not least: Remember that it doesn't have to be as scary as you might think - therapists are people too :-) and they are only there to help.
Brigitte Escobar Andersen Copenhagentherapy.com