If you or someone you know has been, do you have any tips that could help?
Thanks for answering everyone 😊
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Don't be scared. There's no reason to be scared. They won't stab you; I promise. The important thing with therapy is to develop a repertoire with the therapist. You have to form a relationship with them to where you trust them. This requires some shopping around. Not all therapists--like any person or product--are equal. Especially for something like a human relationship, knowledge or skill isn't all there is to it. You have to actively find a therapist that works for you: one that you like.
The first session, you don't have to open up all your deepest, darkest secrets or anything you feel uncomfortable with. Just get to know them, talk about yourself a bit, your general issues you need help with, maybe ask them a bit about themselves. Then gauge how you feel about them.
Focus on the situation, not how you feel. Like any social encounter, don't focus inwards. Focus on talking. If that makes sense.
Well. I have one tip. Don't say anything negative about them. I did that once when I was a teenager, and the guy was a complete douche to me the other sessions until I stopped going. I just made an offhand observation. But yeah, didn't work out. Like I said. They're human, too.
Since you're scared of going, just get it over with. Make a date. Like jumping into a cold pool. Just get it over with. If your brain starts barking at you about whatever it is you fear about it, then just ignore it or distract yourself. If you get a bad therapist, or one you don't think will help any, then just find a different one. You'll eventually find one that you like.
And, don't feel like you're uniquely fucked up. Everyone needs help figuring out their life; and, everyone can benefit from seeing a therapist.