Lots of people are anxious about coming to therapy for the first time & there are a lot of misconceptions about what actually happens. Sometimes there's an assumption you're going to have to rake over old ground, stirring up many old wounds or traumatic experiences while an older woman in a cardigan nods and asks you how you feel.
But good therapy doesn't look like this at all!
Firstly, a therapist will go at your own pace - if there are areas that are too painful for you to tackle, it's not a problem, the therapist will carefully follow you wherever you wish to tread.
As your sessions develop and unfold, and you gain a good working relationship with your therapist, he/she may gently nudge you to start to unpick areas of your life that may be stuck. This can only happen when you are ready and you trust your therapist and the ways in which they work.
Never forget that you can stop therapy at any time - you have the ability to control what happens and your therapist will support your autonomy to choose the path that's right for you.
This is a great article that may answer many other questions you have around therapy sessions but please get in touch if you're curious to find out more: Huffington Post