I’m Nervous about Starting Therapy; Is That Normal?
It is completely normal to be nervous about beginning therapy, especially if you have never engaged in therapy before. After all, anything new and unknown can be a bit anxiety-provoking.
Very often when people come to therapy, it is because they have been struggling with a particular issue or cluster of issues for a significant period of time and have not been able to come to any kind of lasting or meaningful resolution. This can cause frustration and even desperation. It may also lead people to question both their ability to address their issue(s) and the very possibility that the issue(s) can be resolved. Thus, by the time someone decides to begin therapy, they might be dealing with hopelessness on top of the issue that initially triggered the need for therapy. This makes the beginning of therapy feel especially charged. The good news is, there is nothing you can’t talk about it therapy. So, if you are beginning therapy and you feel really anxious about it, you can talk about this anxiety. We can then explore and uncover some of the concerns and fears that underlie it.
Gaining an understanding of what to expect in therapy will likely help to reduce your anxiety. Beyond that, it can also be a safe, non-threatening way to begin building a strong therapeutic relationship that will allow you to tackle the issue(s) that brought you to therapy in the first place.
How Long Does Therapy Last?
With therapy, there usually is no set length of treatment. Therapy can last anywhere from one session to several months or even years. It all depends on what you want and need. Some people come to therapy with a very specific problem they need to solve and might find that one or two sessions is sufficient. Other people come to therapy with more complicated issues they are grappling with and may feel they need a few months or more to understand and resolve their issues. Other people come with long-standing problems or difficult feelings and may benefit from longer-term therapy.
Regardless of why you are seeking therapy or the type of therapy you are doing, it is important to remember that, ultimately, it is your decision as to when you stop therapy. If you are unsure about what you need/want by way of length of treatment, you might raise the question so it can be discussed during a session. It can also be helpful to discuss your goals of therapy; clarifying what you want from therapy can help you figure out if you have met your goals and when you are ready to stop therapy.
Can My Therapist Tell Other People about Our Sessions?
onfidentiality is one of the cornerstones of therapy. Knowing that you can say anything to your therapist and it will remain in the room helps you feel safe and builds trust between you and the therapist. For this reason, all therapists are legally and ethically bound to keep their sessions confidential and not share with anyone else what was talked about. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule. For example, if a therapist has reason to believe that you are a danger to yourself or others, she or he must break that confidence in order to make sure that you and/or others are safe.
How much does the therapy cost?
Counselling sessions run for 60 minutes and cost 50 EUR.
Online counselling sessions via Skype (60 min) cost 40 EUR.
The live chat counselling service also last 60 minutes and cost 30 EUR.
There are certain limitations regarding the online and live chat options. Please read the relevant info.