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Is It Normal to Feel Nervous About Starting Therapy?

January 10, 2021
Posted By: Thrive Counseling Center
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If you’re about to begin attending therapy for the first time, you’re probably feeling all sorts of different emotions. Experiencing moments of anxiety, shame, nervousness, fear, hesitation, embarrassment, and doubt before your first session is entirely normal and even healthy, as it means you are truly allowing yourself to be in your feelings and recognize your emotions. 

While starting therapy can feel nerve-racking, the most important thing you can do for yourself is to push through the feelings and attend anyway! When you’re struggling and having a hard time with aspects of your life, regularly going to counseling in Federal Way, Auburn, or Des Moines can make all the difference in how you feel. 

Embracing the Unknown

Think back to when you tried something new at another time in your life: a first date, the beginning of college, or a new job or city. You likely experienced similar feelings like anxiety and fear during these experiences, and for good reason. 

Each time you venture into something new and unknown, you put yourself at risk of feeling nervous, afraid, and a little out of place. As humans, our response to these foreign and uncharted experiences is natural—even biological. This natural fear of the new and unknown manifests itself when starting all new experiences, including therapy. 

Talking About Anything 

Our Federal Way therapists will always have your best interests in mind, which means that we want to talk about whatever you need most when you attend your counseling sessions. 

If you can’t shake your nerves and still feel uneasy about starting therapy by the time you meet with us for your first session, we can always talk about those feelings! It’s often helpful to work through your concerns about therapy and discover what may be prompting your worries. During your time with us, you’re welcome to steer the conversation in any direction or ask as many questions as you need to feel comfortable.

Beginning Your Counseling Sessions in Federal Way

It is 100% normal to feel nervous about starting therapy, and it may take a handful of sessions before you feel at ease and ready to really dive in. Here at Thrive Counseling Center, we will be with you every step of the way. 

No matter how unprepared or uncertain you feel about meeting with a counselor, we invite you to call us at (206) 567-7267 to talk through your concerns with us.

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We are happy to welcome our patients back to our Federal Way office for in-person counseling sessions. Please call us at 206-567-7267, text us at 206-659-1153, or email us to set up an appointment. You don't have to go through this time alone.