Therapy in english
Psychotherapy is a collaborative treatment based on the relationship between
an individual and a psychologist. A psychologist provides a supportive environment that allows you to talk openly with someone who is objective, neutral and nonjudgmental (APA, 2022).
According to Psychology Today - effective approaches to therapy are thought to share “common factors”—such as a therapist who treats the client with empathy, a rapport between the therapist and client (sometimes referred to as a therapeutic alliance) and agreement about the goals of therapy. For many kinds of distress, different types of therapy may have remarkably similar positive effects.
What are the benefits of psychotherapy:
overcome harmful behaviors
learn healthy coping mechanisms
heal broken relationships
feel physically healthier
What does therapy look like?
The first session of therapy can be anxiety-provoking, and it’s normal to feel nervous or unsure of what to expect. Luckily, most patients will find that the first session of therapy follows a predictable format. Most therapists spend the first session asking general questions to get a sense of the client’s background, their past experience with therapy, and what issues they’re hoping to address. They will also likely discuss their own modality or style and offer an outline of what the client can expect. Logistical details, such as verifying insurance coverage and setting up a payment schedule, may happen in the first session as well.
How to prepare for your first therapy appointment
You can think about what you would like to change, what the situation should look like if everything worked out. You can also take notes, arrange everything in points, or write it down completely chaotically. You can think about your emotions and the feelings that accompany you, or your thoughts about the situation. You can also completely ignore it and only think about it at the meeting. Regardless of what happens - your therapist is there to help you get started.