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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 …

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.…