So my last post was all about how I was heading to see a therapist for the first time.  What I didn’t know until a couple of days ago is that it was voted one of the Best of the ‘Betes blogs!  Woo hoo!  Yes, dear readers, honesty is the best policy.  A lot of you want to know how it went.  I’m not going to share all the details of all my therapist visits, obviously, but I do want to share a bit so you know what it’s like.

I arrived at the office a few minutes early to fill out paperwork, just like going to any other doctor’s office.  It was a Friday afternoon, and apparently their office doesn’t have a receptionist on Fridays, so various psychologists/therapists/counselors would come in from a hallway door every few minutes.  Sometimes their patients were there waiting, sometimes they had to come back.  I was immediately made more comfortable by how personable everyone seemed when greeting their patients, but I was still nervous.  I am very slow when I’m writing by hand, so the first time my therapist popped his head out the door looking for me, I was not ready.  I was a wee bit embarrassed.

He came out again a few minutes later, and I was finally done scribbling.  He was smiley, had a very warm friendly vibe about him.  It could just be because he had nerdy glasses, and I tend to assume that people who dress like me are mostly trustworthy.  He apologized that the room we’d be going to didn’t have any windows.  He said that being the newest to the practice, he didn’t get much of a choice.  The room at least had comfy chairs, soothing lighting, and at least two boxes of tissues.

As far as I am able to tell, your first visit to your new therapist will involve filling out lots of paperwork and answering a lot of questions about your background and a little about yourself.  Hopefully, like … Read the Rest

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