After your first therapy appointment, there are some steps you can take to prepare for the next session. None of these tasks are hard, but they will set you on the best course for mental health recovery. Read on to learn what to do after your first therapy session, courtesy of Heron Ridge Associates.
Keep a Log of Questions
Your first therapy session may have your mind working overtime. As you reflect on the appointment and events you may want to discussion, write down questions that arise. You can do this on a piece of paper or on your phone if you prefer. This list will serve as a jumping off point for your next therapy session.
Complete Your “Homework”
Your therapist may have assigned some “homework” for you to complete, such as a writing in a journal or thinking about an experience from your past. Follow-through with that suggestion and complete the task at hand. It may seem silly at first, but it’s an important part of the process. Your therapist will recommend steps for you to take based on your unique situation.
Schedule Your Next Therapy Session
You will most likely schedule your next therapy appointment at the end of the first one. You can do this when you check out. However, if you did not schedule an appointment, make sure you call to do so. Your therapist may recommend the frequency of your therapy sessions – once a week, twice a month, once a month, etc. All you have to do is find an appointment time that suits your personal schedule.
Should I Tell People I Am in Therapy?
You decide whether or not to disclose this to friends and family members. Many of our clients will wait to discuss therapy until they have completed a few sessions. You may not need to share this information at all. If you require time off work for therapy appointments, you may need to discuss this privately with your employer. Ultimately, you decide what feels right for your circumstances.
If you would like more information about how therapy works, contact Heron Ridge Associates at (734) 454-3560. We will gladly answer any questions you have, or we can schedule an appointment with a therapist near you. We have multiple counseling centers in Michigan here to serve you.