- The initial assessment is often the most lengthy appointment (roughly 1.5hrs). During the first meeting, your therapist will complete a thorough assessment to better understand your mental and physical health history, current challenges, any helpful and unhelpful strategies you may be using to manage and your goals for initiating therapy.
- It is important to remember that therapy is not a magical, overnight solution to all of your problems. Long periods of stressful experiences accumulate and it will take time to deepen your understanding about yourself, unlearn unhelpful ways in which you have been managing your stress and acquire new tools and strategies to help you accomplish your therapy goals.
- Addressing past trauma and current mental health challenges in a safe environment with a professional can be very healing but it is also emotionally draining and requires hard work and patience. It is important to note that there may be times where you may be crying during and after a therapy session but this is part of the healing journey.
- A therapy session is typically 50-60 minutes.
- The frequency of therapy can be decided between you and the therapist based on your mental health assessment, needs and goals.
- There are various therapy modalities for different challenges. Some types of therapy require you to do homework by completing worksheets, journal entries or tracking your progress in a daily log. You can discuss the type of therapy that is best for you based on your needs with your therapist.
- To prepare for your first session, you can click here to review some questions you may wish to ask your therapist
Understanding Mental Health
Learn about some common mental health concerns and how therapy can support you.