What to Expect from your First Therapy Session
Mental Health is the biggest cause of disability on a world-wide scale, affecting one in four people in the UK alone every year – and many figures are on the rise as an increasing number of us seek professional help for mental health issues for the first time.
As society’s opinion of mental health slowly changes for the positive, society in general is more open to speaking about mental health issues and therefore an increasing number of people feel more comfortable to seek professional help or speak to their doctor about their options regarding their own mental health status.
Men and young people in particular are now a lot more likely to seek help for their mental health, than even a couple of years ago – possibly due to the increased number of campaigns directed at encouraging men and young people to be more open about their mental health and how it might be affecting them – as well as slowly breaking down the stigma in wider society.
As we become more open as a society about mental health in general, more and more of us are seeking professional help. But for those of you who have never attended therapy before – even with the stigma removed – not knowing what to expect can be nerve-racking and for some people completely overwhelming.
My Online Therapy is unique, in that it is the UK’s only fully professional interactive therapy platform that can be accessed from any mobile, computer or handheld device – making your first interaction with the clinic slightly different to what you might expect from a traditional clinic (particularly if you have engaged in more traditional forms of therapy in the past).
But What Should You Expect from Your First Online Therapy Session?
Signing up for online therapy with My Online Therapy is as simple as downloading the app (available on our website and through most App stores – including Apple and Android) and creating a profile. Before you begin any sort of therapy, meet your therapist or even those what type of therapy is right for you, you will answer a couple of questions in order to help us work out what is the best method of therapy for you. Once you have filled in the questionnaire you will be “matched” with the therapist and therapy that will be most beneficial for you and the problems you’re dealing with and will be given the option of whether or not you wish to continue and start therapy with your matched therapist.
You First Session
The idea of opening up to anyone about some of your deepest fears and darkest thoughts can feel impossible – when that person is a complete stranger it can be even more difficult. Your first session will only scratch the surface of what you will eventually cover with your therapist – in fact, your first session will be more of a “getting to know” each other session, giving you time to work out if you connect with your therapist and to become more comfortable with them. This will also give your therapist the opportunity to learn more about you and what you are looking to gain from therapy – rather than diving in straight at the deep end which can be all too overwhelming for those of you seeking psychological help for the first time.
Your therapist is likely to ask a little more about you – what you do for a living, who you live with and a little more about your day to day life, as well as introducing themselves and letting you know a little more about them and what they do. Whilst it might feel scary in the run up to your first therapy session, things will be taken at a pace that suits you and your first meeting with your therapist will be more of a friendly chat, than what you might expect from sessions down the line.
As you get to know your therapist and work towards improving your mental health, therapy sessions will get more personal and dive more into different aspects of your issues – although all forms of therapy are different and use different practices in order help you recover from your issues – it will always be taken at your pace and if you find something too much, you’re in control to stop the session at any time to take a breather.
For some people it is a lot easier to participate in therapy when they’re not physically in the room with their new therapist, and from a place where they are comfortable and are less likely to experience anxiety – making online therapy easier to get into than face-to-face therapy that might take place in an unfamiliar clinic or surgery.
Therapy can be slotted into your day without taking away from your other responsibilities – for example, you can enjoy sessions whilst your new baby is taking a nap, on your lunch break in the office when everyone is in the canteen or even from the comfort of your car, parked in your favourite beauty spot, away from any distractions. It is discreet, often a lot cheaper than traditional therapy in a bricks and mortar clinic – and unlike the NHS doesn’t require long waiting lists or impossible commutes to appointments. If you move away, go on holiday or find yourself too sick to get out of bed – you don’t need to miss sessions, as they can be accessed from your mobile phone or handheld device, from wherever you have an internet connection.
If you’re thinking about therapy to help with your mental health it is never too late to find the help that you need to get back on track. Online therapy is a great way to including therapy into your already busy schedule, without disrupting your day. If you want to learn more about online therapy or think it could help you, download our new app – the UK’s first interactive therapy platform – offering everything you would expect from a traditional psychology clinic, whenever and wherever works for you. Get matched with one of our fully qualified psychologists today, and get back on track to feeling like yourself again.