Starting therapy can be daunting and intimidating. How am I supposed to open up to someone I've never met before about my deepest secrets? Will what I say be kept private? These are common concerns you may have, and you have a right to your feelings. Luckily, I am here to answer the questions you may have.
1. Know your rights
When you are in therapy, you have a right to privacy. Your private health information is very important and confidentiality needs to be maintained. According to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, your medical records cannot be accessed by anyone else without your written consent. Everything said in therapy is confidential, except in cases where someone is planning to harm themselves or others, or if someone is in danger. These situations are the only times confidentiality may be broken and it is to ensure everyone's safety. You are allowed to express yourself knowing that your innermost thoughts and feelings are safe.
2. Understand that therapy is work
Therapy is working on identifying goals and making positive changes in your life. It can be an exciting time of self-discovery and the recognition of your true passions. However, change doesn't happen overnight and it requires some effort. Ask yourself this: has anything ever changed in my life all on its own? The answer is probably not. Every change you have made has taken time and work on your part, and therapy is no different. With a positive mindset and attitude, you can use therapy to help make the changes you wish to see in your life.
3. It may take a few sessions to feel connected to your therapist
Oftentimes we are driven by instant gratification. Why not do something that has an instant reward? While that can be very attractive, it is not the right mindset when entering therapy. We discussed that therapy takes work and effort, and it may take time to feel completely connected to your therapist. Allow yourself the opportunity to bond and get used to a new person in your life. Meet with your therapist at least four times to develop a rapport and bond. This is a change in your life and you need to allow yourself the chance to adapt to this change.
At Baummier Health, beginning therapy is easy. We understand you are going through something and that you need the best care available. You will be treated with respect, dignity, and sensitivity to your concerns. Make the decision that is best for you: call today to schedule your first appointment.