Before the first session
Before your first therapy appointment you might be feeling anxious about meeting the therapist or about the therapy in general. Most people feel anxious in this situation. Thinking about the practical arrangements for your visit is important, as you do not want to increase any anxiety you might be experiencing by being late or getting lost. It is also important to be on time for your appointment because missing part of the session will make it harder for the therapist to help you.
If you find that you cannot attend the place or time of your first therapy session, you can request a time or location that better suits you. It is not always possible for such requests to be accommodated, but it is worth letting them know of any preference as missing part of the session will make it harder for the therapist to help you. You can expect to be treated with respect and kindness, and to have your questions about the therapy answered. Your appointment should start on time, although unfortunately this is not always possible in a busy service.
Prior to your appointment, you may receive information from the NHS service or private therapist you are planning to see. You can request more information about the therapy at any time.