Depending on your situation, therapy can be fairly short or longer-term. Often, people see their therapists once a week for 45 minutes. Your First Visit is more of a “getting to know you” session and will help your therapist get an idea of how to proceed with your treatment.
You have a right to feel safe and respected in therapy. If you’re concerned, you can ask about confidentiality. Usually, though, it’s understood that a therapist respects your privacy; and that group members do too, if you’re meeting in a group. Therapy should address your needs, goals, concerns and desires. If you’re going to be talking to someone about your most personal thoughts, you want to feel comfortable.
You can think about what traits might make you feel more comfortable with a therapist.
Therapy may not help you immediately. Over time, it can help you develop more coping skills, stronger relationships and a better sense of yourself.