Oct 26, 2014



Do you have reservations about going to therapy?  Maybe you are afraid of talking about personal issues with a stranger?  Or you might be anxious about what people may think about you if you were in therapy?  Perhaps you are concerned that if you start therapy you might be dependent on it and never leave?  Maybe it’s  seems too scary to examine and talk about painful things in your life? Lots of folks have similar anxieties when considering going to any type of counseling or therapy.

Here are 5 suggestions to help with these anxieties

  1. Become educated about what goes on in therapy.   There are books and online resources that talk about the nuts and bolts of therapy.  One such book is Making Therapy Work: Your Guide to Choosing , Using, and Ending Therapy by Fredda Bruckner-Gordon, et al.
  2. Talk to a trusted friend about those concerns you have identified.  Ask for their support as you exam the pros and cons of participating in therapy.  What is the worst thing that can happen if I go to therapy?  What is the best thing that can happen if I go to therapy?
  3. Think about some goals you have for therapy.  What do you want to get out of your experience in therapy?  How long do you want to be involved in therapy?  Do you want to individual, family, or couples therapy?  How would you describe you perfect outcome in therapy?
  4. Ask for a phone consultation with a therapist you are considering working with.  Share your concerns and reservations and see how they respond.  This will give you a feel for the approach of the therapist and allow you to express your reservations without the financial or emotional investment of actually attending a therapy session.  
  5. If you have taken the previous steps, and identified a therapist, make a plan to participate in a limited number of sessions, say two or three and then evaluate if you wish to continue 

Remember, engaging in therapy is a process and it is not necessary to resolve every fear or concern you have before beginning therapy.



Think you might still be on the fence? 

Contact us at Embark Counseling for a Free Phone Consultation: 

303-907-7072 or 303-726-4560.


Darcia DeSalvo

Darcia is a Partner with Embark Counseling Get in touch with her at darcia@embarkcounseling.net

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