Why am I so scared of going to therapy?

Why am I so scared of going to therapy?

The reason that you are going to therapy is that you are afraid of people; and yet therapy requires you to open up and share your innermost feelings with a complete stranger. Particularly for those with generalized SAD, therapy may initially be as difficult as the social situations that you fear.

Is it normal to be nervous before therapy?

It is completely normal to be nervous or anxious before attending a therapy session, especially your first one. Many people do not know quite what to expect from their first session and feel some ambivalence or apprehension about beginning the process of counseling.

Is going to therapy scary?

So, it’s normal to be nervous about therapy, but a good therapist will put you at ease so that even if it is difficult to tell your story, somehow you will feel better and more hopeful for having told it—perhaps even a little bit lighter than when you first came in.

How do therapists not get nervous?

It’s Normal to Feel Anxious Before Your First Session

  1. Be Proud of Yourself.
  2. Be Honest.
  3. Schedule Your Appointment at a Convenient Time.
  4. Have Realistic Expectations.
  5. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions.
  6. Remember, Everything is Confidential.
  7. It’s Okay to Not Like Your Therapist.

What to do when you feel scared all the time?

Sometimes confronting that “scared” feeling head on is the best way to remove it at the time. Eliminating anxiety overall will decrease the frequency and severity of unexplained scared feelings. If one were to simplify what anxiety is, it would best be described as your fear response being overactive.

Why are so many people afraid of therapy?

This stigma lives in the darkness of this millisecond, along with the overshadowing fear, lack of awareness and basic ignorance. Its complexities need to be broken down and broken apart so we can start from the beginning and rewire our thoughts on mental health and therapy.

When is it time to go to therapy?

When any type of mental health or emotional concern affects daily life and function, therapy may be recommended. Therapy can help you learn about what you’re feeling, why you might be feeling it, and how to cope. People who feel forced into therapy may feel resistant and find it harder to put in the work needed to make change.

What does it mean to be afraid of something?

Lots of things make us feel afraid. Being afraid of some things – like fires – can keep you safe. Fearing failure can make you try to do well so that you won’t fail, but it can also stop you doing well if the feeling is too strong. What you’re afraid of and how you act when you’re afraid of something can vary per person.

What did my therapist say when I was angry?

My therapist, bless him, had a great response when I told him I was angry with him. “Tell me why,” he said. “I can take it.” And he really could. Many of us didn’t grow up in the kind of environment where we could safely express our anger. I sure didn’t.

Why is it hard to go to therapy?

There is no single, correct approach that works for everyone. Not every therapist will work for everyone, either. Having a negative experience with a particular therapist or a certain type of treatment can make it hard to try therapy again, even if you want support. It can help to look for a therapist who treats what you’re experiencing.

When to open up to your therapist about your feelings?

If the urge to use always increases prior to your sessions, open up to your therapist about it, Fleck said. You and your therapist can work together on other ways to manage difficult emotions before, during and after your therapy sessions. People often go to great lengths to avoid painful feelings because, well, they’re painful.

What did I say to my therapist that made me lose it?

Yes, this is a direct quote. And the closest thing to a tantrum that I’ve ever had in therapy. It was at a time when even his gentlest suggestions felt like too much pressure. And after one too many statements leading with “have you tried…?” Well, I sort of lost it. I’m still glad that I said it, though.