Preparing for Your First Family Therapy Session
Mar 09, 2017
Congratulations! Your family is ready to attend a family therapy session. There are many reasons why you could have decided to attend family therapy. Whatever those reasons, you have scheduled your appointment, dedicated the time as a family to attend, and you are ready to see where it takes you. Preparing for your first session involves the nitty, gritty details as well as the emotional side of entering into therapy. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your first session:
- Determine how you will pay for the sessions. Will your insurance pay? If so, what is your co-pay? If not, how will you pay for the sessions, and how many sessions does your therapist recommend? The answers will help you to determine what works best for your family, and will help alleviate the financial stress of attending before you get started.
- Write down medications. Your therapist will need to know if you or your family members are diagnosed with depression, anxiety, or other issues. It helps the therapist create a plan of action to help your family. Prepare a list of medications beforehand, so you can share it immediately.
- Schedule reminders. Place value on your family therapy sessions by setting calendar reminders and making sure to carve out the time you all need to dedicate. Your family will only benefit from a full commitment to the process.
- Talk to your family about honesty. The only way therapy is going to help your family is if each of you are honest about what you are feeling, your perceptions, and your troubles. Have a family meeting to begin this conversation and reassure your children that you want them to be honest.
- Acknowledge your nerves. You are getting ready to pour your soul out to a complete stranger. This can be intimidating, especially if you have never done it before. Your therapist will help you work through your feelings, and your children are more likely to open up and acknowledge their feelings if you are being honest as well. Set a good example!
In the end, your family will be stronger for having dedicated the time and commitment to attending family therapy. Contact us today to set up your first appointment!
Category: Family Therapy