What happens in my initial session of psychotherapy?

Booking your first psychotherapy session can be intimidating but it does not have to be. Approach this session with an open mind and open heart.

The first session is a lot like an icebreaker. Your psychologist will like to have a well-rounded idea of the problems you’re facing. He will likely ask about your family life and childhood for a holistic picture of who you are.

At the first psychotherapy session, your psychologist typically gathers information about you and your needs. You may be asked to fill out forms about your current and past physical and emotional health. It might take a few sessions for your psychologist to fully understand your situation and concerns and to determine the best approach or course of action.

You are not obliged to disclose anything that makes you uncomfortable. You’ll work through each issue during subsequent sessions, and you can bring up other points as the weeks go by. 

How do I contact you?

You can always contact me via email or call/text/WhatsApp me via my mobile number. I apologize if I miss your calls as I may be in session. I promise to call you back when I am done.

What is Psychological Therapy?

Psychotherapy is a general term for treating mental health problems by talking with a trained clinical psychologist.

During psychotherapy, you learn about your condition and your moods, feelings, thoughts and behaviors. Psychotherapy helps you learn how to take control of your life and respond to challenging situations with healthy coping skills.

There are many types of psychotherapy, each with its own approach. The type of psychotherapy that's right for you depends on your individual situation.

At the Open Nest, we believe in helping clients break free of old ideas, patterns and wounds that are restricting their happiness and contentment. We seek to coach clients through life passages, teaching skills and techniques for self-awareness, relationships and success.

What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

A psychologist and a psychiatrist are often confused as having the same meaning. While both study the brain, emotions, feelings and thoughts, there is a distinct difference between the two fields of study. Psychologists and psychiatrists often work together in the treatment of patients.

Psychiatrists are trained medical doctors and they prescribe medications. Generally, they spend much of their time with patients on medication management as a course of treatment.

On the other hand, psychologists focus extensively on psychotherapy and treating emotional and mental suffering in patients with cognitive, behavioral and experiential intervention. Psychologists are also qualified to conduct psychological testing, which is critical in assessing a person’s mental state and determining the most effective course of treatment.

The fields of psychology and psychiatry are both essential in researching and developing treatment for improving mental and emotional health. Differences aside, psychologists and psychiatrists share a common goal: helping people feel better.

What happens over the course of psychotherapy?

For most types of psychotherapy, your psychologist encourages you to talk about your thoughts and feelings and share what troubles you. Do not worry if you find it hard to open up about your feelings. Your psychologist can help you gain more confidence and comfort as time goes on.

Because psychotherapy sometimes involves intense emotional discussions, you may find yourself crying, upset or even having an angry outburst during a session. Sometimes, people may feel physically exhausted after a session. Your psychologist is there to help you cope with such feelings and emotions.

Over the course of therapy, your psychologist may ask you to do "homework" — activities or practices that build on what you learn during your regular therapy sessions. Discussing your concerns can help improve your mood, change the way you think and feel about yourself, and improve your ability to cope with problems.

Is my session confidential?

Except in rare and specific circumstances, conversations with your psychologist are confidential. However, there are limits to confidentiality. A psychologist may break confidentiality if there is an immediate threat to safety (yours or someone else's) or when required by law to report concerns to authorities. When in doubt, please consult your psychologist. 

What is the expected length of psychotherapy?

The number of psychotherapy sessions you need — as well as how frequently you need to see your psychologist — depends on such factors as:

  • Your particular mental illness or situation
  • Your therapeutic goals
  • Severity of your symptoms
  • How long you've had symptoms or have been dealing with your situation
  • How quickly you make progress
  • How much stress you're experiencing
  • How much support you receive from family members and others

It may take only weeks to help you cope with a short-term situation. Or, treatment may last a year or longer if you have a long-term mental illness or other long-term concerns.


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