From the outset and most likely for the duration of your time in therapy, you and your therapist will meet once a week, same time same place. With coronavirus restrictions in place – do you have a quiet, confidential place for the sessions?
Once you’ve found the person for you, your key responsibility is to commit to attending the sessions even when the work gets difficult, actually, most importantly when the work gets difficult.
There are some practicalities for you to consider, such as cost and location.
Most therapists list their usual rates on their websites, entries on registers - some details are found further on, so you don’t go into the first conversation unaware. You’ll need to think about the cost and this investment in yourself and your future. Somewhere out there is a therapist you can afford; you should be clear about your budget and open to discussing it.
Reasons for not going into therapy
It’s not always right to go into therapy. Appropriate reactions to distressing events are not wrong, eg, sadness and loneliness after a break-up, or a death. We naturally mourn these events as we are, simply, human.
When our responses damage our life on an ongoing basis, maybe are damaging the lives of those around us, that’s when to think about therapy, alternative ways of being.
Do you have the time and the resources, right now, to commit to a weekly appointment? Maybe not. If not, then don't put yourself under unnecessary pressure - come back to it when you are ready.
Regular exercise, be that daily walking or sessions with a personal trainer can be more accessible at different times in our lives, and are to be held option as possibilities.