Psycho-Babble Psychology Thread 481756

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OK, Im seeing a psychologist............

Posted by woolav on April 8, 2005, at 19:03:32

Hi, I am seeing a clinical psychologist for the first time next week. I see a pdoc but just for meds. I have no idea what to expect...........

any advice?
S

 

Re: OK, Im seeing a psychologist............

Posted by happyflower on April 8, 2005, at 19:49:07

In reply to OK, Im seeing a psychologist............, posted by woolav on April 8, 2005, at 19:03:32

Well I had my first ever appointment this year in Jan. To me it felt kinda like a job interview. He asked a lot of questions and talked more than I did. He mainly put me at ease so I continued. Good luck! It is nerve racking for me, but I am so glad I have taken the steps to getting better.

 

Re: OK, Im seeing a psychologist............ woolav

Posted by Shortelise on April 10, 2005, at 12:15:56

In reply to OK, Im seeing a psychologist............, posted by woolav on April 8, 2005, at 19:03:32

There are some sites about interviewing T's. Those are really helpful. I'd advise you to read some of those sites.

ShortE

 

Re: OK, Im seeing a psychologist............ woolav

Posted by PM80 on April 11, 2005, at 7:36:07

In reply to OK, Im seeing a psychologist............, posted by woolav on April 8, 2005, at 19:03:32

I started seeing my first therapist in November. I got really lucky because he is a great theraputic fit for me. I was SO nervous my first consultation that I don't think my hands ever stopped shaking. (Ok, I have a little anxiety problem) But, I stuck it out and I really like the guy. He is professional, but honest and genuinely sympathetic. I have two bits of advice. The first is for you to be completely honest. In the first consultation, he/she will ask you all kinds of questions, just to sort of assess where you are as a person and what it isyou are looking for out of therapy. The second piece of advice is to go to someone else if you feel that you will not have a connection with this first person. Do not feel bad if you have to do this. You are going to be spilling some of your most personal, private stuff with your T; this person must be trustworthy to you. When in doubt, go with your gut.

The first consultation should be painless. The T should be on-time, professional, and sympathetic. He/she should not appear (and undoubtedly will not be) shocked or appalled at anything you say.


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