- Becoming comfortable with your therapist is a constant process. It’s highly unlikely that you will regurgitate years of emotion in even the first few sessions but at some point you should slowly start to become more and more comfortable with your therapist. If you’re looking at the kind of radical self-realization that forever changes your life for the better, then the way you and your therapist interact are incredibly important in accomplishing this.
Before deciding whether you feel comfortable with your therapist, spend some time reflecting on your first session or your first few sessions. Some people know immediately whether or not the relationship will work. Others will require at least one session and perhaps some time to think while others still might need a few sessions to identify behavior in their therapist which limits their ability to be honest or fully open up. If you feel like this is your situation, don’t fight it. Most therapists will understand and react calmly if you appropriately communicate your discomfort and desire to seek another therapist. There’s a chance they may have sensed the same problem as well.
- Many people have limited alternatives to their initial therapist. This is most likely the case for people in more rural locations. However, there could be other factors which include the fact that the therapist was a referral or just generally afraid of what people will think. While anyone seeking help should only concern themselves with their well-being and not what anyone else things. Having said that, the feelings are understandable.
- Another Alternative
An alternative which is increasing in effectiveness and popularity is online therapy. The success can be attributed to a few things most notably the ability to communicate with a therapist from the comfort of your own home. For many, the ability to engage in therapy from home is a benefit but for others, it is a requirement. Therapy should be something that you look forward to and if a weekly session requires hours in the car to and from the office, it might be difficult to enjoy.
- Unfortunately, some people simply can’t travel due to physical limitations, or other reasons. Still more people are ashamed because of the stigma placed on therapy or counseling by society. It is widely believed that the number of people who need therapy is far greater than the number of people who actually seek therapy, largely due to this stigma.
- Online therapy vs therapy at an Office
A similarity between online therapy and therapy in an office is that you have the ability to walk away if you wish to forego future sessions. Furthermore, many therapists will offer a sort of free consultation which will allow you to gauge how well you think you will interact with the therapist. It’s important to remember the reasons why you are considering therapy and determine how you will best benefit. More and more, for a lot of people, online therapy is becoming the best way to get the help they need.