A few years ago, I wanted to switch from in-person therapy sessions to telemedicine. But as someone who’s historically struggled with opening up and being vulnerable during these meetings, my hope was that it would be easier for me if there were a screen between us instead of just looking at the therapist face-to-face. What I found is that because there wasn’t any physical contact happening while we talked on our screens together, I could disclose more about myself than ever before. And by doing so made the therapeutic relationship much deeper and more meaningful too!
I never would have guessed that my therapist’s move to online therapy and the recent COVID-19 outbreak would lead me into a new career in digital health. I was really against it at first, but once I tried teletherapy for myself I realized how much of an impact this way of providing care had on people’s lives.
I can still remember when I first started therapy. It was scary, but it’s been the best decision of my life. I had a brief breakdown and then realized that all this time, there were things that were holding me back from living the full life I wanted to live. Therapy helped me break out of my shell and find myself for who I really am.
If you are considering starting therapy or just want some advice about going into it, here are 10 tips on how to start therapy:
1) Make sure you’re mentally prepared
2) Find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable
3) Be honest with your therapist
4) There is no right or wrong way to go into therapy