Typical Therapy Questions

October 25
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I am having my first therapy session next week. What are some of the typical questions that I can expect to be asked?

2 Answers:

hypernova54 avatar

The first session is the “getting to know you” stage. The therapist will ask you about your history (childhood), relationships with your family, friends and significant other, your present situation, etc. He’ll also ask about what brought you to therapy, your symptoms and what do you feel is wrong in your life. From your answers to those questions, he’ll be able to analyze how to proceed.

If you want specific questions for you to lessen your anxiety about your first therapy session, you can check this article out. 

Lifeisgood avatar

Going to therapy can be an intimidating experience, especially if it's your first time. It's natural to feel anxious or overwhelmed when you're about to enter a new environment and talk about yourself. To help ease the nerves, it's important to know what types of questions you can expect in a therapy session. As therapists are trained in helping their clients with mental health issues, they will typically ask questions related to your life experiences, emotions, and goals for the future.

During your first therapy session, the therapist is likely to ask you a number of questions in order to get a better understanding of your current concerns and issues, as well as your overall mental health history. Some common questions that you may be asked during your first therapy session include:

What brings you to therapy at this time?

What are your current concerns or issues?

Have you ever received therapy or counseling before?

What has been helpful or unhelpful in the past?

What are your strengths and resources?

What are your goals for therapy?

What is your support system like outside of therapy?

What are your current living and work situations?

What is your overall physical and mental health history?

It's important to remember that therapy is a collaborative process, and the therapist is there to help you explore your thoughts and feelings and to work with you to develop coping strategies and find solutions to the challenges you are facing. It's okay if you don't know the answers to all of the questions or if you feel uncomfortable discussing certain topics. The therapist is there to help you at your own pace and to support you in a non-judgmental way.

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