What is it? Why does it feel so anxiety producing to explore it?
These are complicated and important questions to answer. Therapy is kind of an unusual relationship…You call a stranger, the person asks you questions about your life that evoke the uncomfortable feelings you are wishing you didn’t feel. But feeling feelings is what led you to call in the first place.
There are risks to therapy; mainly, we can’t offer outcome guarantees. While we don’t know the outcome of your therapy process, we hope you will develop a greater capacity for tolerating difficult feelings, become a better communicator about your needs in relationships, feel more connected in your relationships with others, and achieve whatever personal goals you may have in mind.
If you have the time and interest, choose a few therapists that speak to your needs and inquire about a possible “Meet & Greet.” These brief meetings could give you an opportunity to experience the office space, get a sense of the therapist’s demeanor, and assess your comfort level with those two important factors. You don’t have to settle for the first therapist you meet.