"In my early professional years I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase the question in this way: How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for his own personal growth?”
A warm, open person, who will hear your story with empathy. It is your decision how much you choose to share and in what time. The therapist will hear you out, asking questions to grasp the details of your story and make sure it is well understood.
First of all – What brings you here? How did you decide to start therapy?
Do you have any earlier experience with therapy? If so, when, with what effect?
Other than that, the therapist will listen rather than speak. She does not expect you to discuss all of your problems and difficulties in the very first meeting: building the necessary trust and sense of security takes time, empathy and acceptance.
I usually assume that the first three meetings serve as a consultation, when I get to know the client and his or her problems; then comes the decision to begin the therapeutic process, to agree on its terms, timeline and goals – to establish a contract.
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