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Overcoming initial reluctance when seeing a clinician for the first time

Overcoming initial reluctance when seeing a clinician for the first time

It’s common to experience fear when you decide to begin therapy sessions. At first, you may feel uncomfortable speaking about personal issues with someone you don’t know. While fear is a natural emotion, it can be confronted by reframing your anxious thoughts. Below, we offer a few tips on how to overcome your doubts about speaking with a professional clinician.

Decide what you’d like from your clinician.

From the get-go, be open and honest with your clinician about what you need from the session. Do you want someone who will offer advice? Listen silently? Would you like the conversation to be casual or feel more like you’re speaking with an expert? If you express your needs from the beginning, the clinician can then guide the session accordingly. Clinicians will work with you to better understand your needs and help you through life’s struggles.

You don’t have to go into it alone.

If speaking to a professional in a one-on-one setting scares you, you might find comfort in group therapy. In this environment, it’s up to you if you want to share your feelings or just simply listen to others, all of whom are working to navigate similar challenges. Depending on the goals and objectives of the group, the purpose of a group therapy session is to share experiences, address symptoms and discuss treatment goals. You might find that group sessions will help boost your confidence when it comes to discussing your personal challenges, making it easier for you to ultimately try one-on-one sessions with a clinician.

Know that each session doesn’t have to include a “big conversation.”

Sometimes, small struggles carry just as much weight in our minds as the bigger ones do. Don’t be embarrassed to spend time in your session discussing the smaller challenges in your life. No struggle you face will be seen as insignificant. After all, discussions about small issues could lead to bigger revelations during your session. Knowing that treatment pace is based on your vision can help alleviate the pressure.

If you’re ready to begin your journey to recovery, we encourage you to contact us today. South Bay Community Services strives to provide the proper programs, certified staff members and clinicians for the perfect combination of professional therapy and guidance. At South Bay, you will find the support and guidance you need.

For more information, contact us at 508-521-2200 or click here.

September 13, 2019 – Understanding the Impact of Perinatal Mental Health & Substance Use on the Parent Child Relationship

Presented by:
Heather Biedrzycki, LMHC, CEID, Program Director, Early Childhood, South Bay Community Services, Lowell.
Kelly Petravicz, M.Ed., CEIS, Program Director, Early Childhood, South Bay Community Services, Lawrence

September 13, 2019
U Mass Lowell Inn & Conference Center
50 Warren Street, Lowell, MA.

Registration: 8:30am-9:00am
Training: 9am-12pm    1:00-4:00pm
Lunch: 12:00-1:00pm (on your own)

RSVP by September 1, 2019
Susan Spieler at South Bay Community Services, 1115 West Chestnut Street, Brockton, MA 02301.
Email: sspieler@sbaycs.com
Please provide: name, agency, phone and email

There is no charge for this training, however pre-registration is required. In case of weather cancellation a message will be left with our answering service.

Credits: Applications have been made for 5.5 continuing education credits for Social Workers, LADCs, LMFTs, and LMHCs. Please note individuals seeking NASW or CADAC CEUs are required by their licensing boards to attend the full length of the program.

South Bay Community Services maintains responsibility for the program and it’s content. Phone (508)559-0473 to request further information regarding education objectives or faculty credentials. Participants needing special accomodations should phone ahead to identify their needs

November 15, 2019 – Gender and the Therapeutic Relationship

Presented by:
Amy Walliser: LMHC, LPCC, Clinic Director, South Bay Community Services, Dorchester
William Dempsey, LCSW, and Amanda Kalander, MSW
Clinicians, South Bay Community Services, Dorchester

November 15, 2019
Courtyard Marriott
300 River Ridge Dr, Norwood, MA.

Registration: 8:30am-9:00am
Training: 9:00am-12pm    12:45-4:00pm
Lunch: 12:00-1:00pm (on your own)

RSVP by November 1, 2019
Susan Spieler at South Bay Community Services, 1115 West Chestnut Street, Brockton, MA 02301
Email sspieler@sbaycs.com
Please provide: name, agency, phone, and email

There is no charge for this training, however, pre-registration is required. In case of weather cancellation a message will be left with our answering service.

Credits: Applications have been made for 5.5 continuing education credits for Social Workers, LADCs, LMFTs, and LMHCs. Please note individuals seeking NASW or CADAC CEUs are required by their licensing boards to attend the full length of the program.

South Bay Community Services maintains responsibility for the program and it’s content. Phone (508)559-0473 to request further information regarding education objectives or faculty credentials. Participants needing special accomodations should phone ahead to identify their needs.