There is no right or wrong way to use this resource. We encourage you to personalize it for what you need right now or what you might find helpful. Here are a couple of suggestions.
A lot of us may find it difficult to put our feelings into words or we may find the act of answering questions to be overwhelming. We understand this. 🙂
Keeping this in mind, we have created the order of questions in this resource with care, to enable maximum ease for the user. The resource begins with questions that are simple to answer and that have multiple choices for you to select from. Towards the middle and end, the questions are more descriptive. Start small at the beginning and gauge how comfortable you feel as you go through the rest of the resource.
If you feel unsure or confused about a certain question, put a pin in it and come back to it later. You may also choose to skip a question entirely if you do not feel ready to answer it yet.
It’s important that you feel comfortable and supported while engaging with this resource. Some of us may want to use our time alone to answer the questions. Others may like to call up a friend or sit with a family member whom they trust, as they navigate through the questions. What do you prefer? 🙂
An immediate assumption with this resource could be that it needs to be printed, filled in, and shared. Not necessarily!
Many of us may love writing down our thoughts and feelings in an attempt to make sense of them. But others among us do not prefer writing down our experiences, and that is okay. You can choose to go through the questions and reflect on them silently. Or answer the questions in a note on your phone. Or send the answers to a friend on WhatsApp. Or well, print out the sheet and handwrite them!
Remember, whatever works best for you is what goes.
You may choose to share your answers in this resource with your therapist, if you feel comfortable to do so. Therapy is a collaborative journey built on trust, respect, and solidarity. This resource could help build a foundation for just that!
While it may be helpful to show this to your therapist, at the end of the day, this resource is for you. This has been designed for people to experience clarity regarding their expectations in therapy, the concerns they’d like to bring up, the triggers they’d like to keep at bay, the kind of counsellor they’d prefer, among other things. So, you may decide to use this resource for the purpose of your own clarity and readiness, and not share it with your therapist.
One Day to Therapy is a supportive resource to ease you into therapy, in order to reduce the intimidation and confusion that may often surround the first session or the idea of it. But there is a lot more that a one-to-one interaction with a therapist can do to relieve your apprehension! You can use the last section of this resource, to jot down any other questions or thoughts that you might want to ask your therapist that we haven’t covered.
Different therapists would want you to experience your first therapy session differently. This resource is only meant to remind you that if you’re taking everything one step at a time and communicating openly about your goals with your therapist, you can set yourself up for the best possible experience. At the end of it all, trust your instincts and how you feel in your interaction with your therapist.
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