If you’ve never gone through addiction counseling before, you may be a little intimidated by the process. That’s perfectly normal, but we don’t want you to be intimidated or nervous about the session. Counseling can provide a number of different benefits, but in order to get the most out of your first session and any additional sessions, you want to make sure you’re prepared for what’s ahead. Below, we share some tips for preparing for your first session so you can get the most out of it.
Learn About Your Counselor
In order to be comfortable opening up and getting the most out of your session, you have to feel a connection to your counselor. One way to start making that connection is by reading up on your counselor. We have staff bios for every one of our counselors, so once you’ve been matched, learn about the counselor you’ll meet at your session.
Adjust Your Mindset
The people who get the most out of their counseling session are the ones who are willing to put in the effort on their end. You don’t need to have blind faith in the process, but at least try to come into your first meeting with an open mind and a positive attitude.
Take ownership for your role in the situation, and don’t be afraid to share your feelings. If you hold back or are unwilling to revisit your ownership in the situation, you’re going to struggle to make progress. We’re not here to place blame, but at the same time, self-reflection is a key point in the counseling process.
Finally, as much as we’d love it if we could make a big breakthrough with only one session, odds are you’re going to want follow up sessions to really understand and take control of your feelings. Regular attendance and working on the goals your counselor sets are very important to making continued progress through therapy. If you skip sessions or don’t follow through on your end, you’re not going to get the most out of your visits.