Now that you’ve taken the first leap to bettering your mental health by making an individual therapy appointment, it’s time to get prepared for it. While a lot of preparation will depend on your therapist, you, and your specific situation, there are a few things you should bring with you to your first appointment.
A List of Topics You Want To Cover
Before you start therapy it’s a good idea to figure out what you want to get out of it. Making a list of things you’d like to go over during your therapy sessions. You don’t necessarily have to bring it with you, but taking the time to define what you want to cover and get out of therapy is a good idea.
A List of Questions For The Therapist
A lot of times the first therapy session is a “getting to know you” meeting between you and the therapist. Make a list of questions that you want to ask them. Some therapists will book a phone session beforehand so you can ask these questions before meeting them in person.
A List of Medications You’re Taking
If you’re going to therapy and are already taking medication like antidepressants or mood stabilizers, make sure you write them all down and notify your therapist. This type of information just lets your therapist know where you’re at and can be useful to them if they have any suggested changes.
Financial and Insurance Information
Therapy costs money, unfortunately. Make sure you have all your financial information with you, whether that’s checks or a credit card. Also, if you’re using insurance to cover part of the cost have that information with you when you go for the first time.
If another medical professional referred you to a therapist, make sure you bring that referral along with you. Not all therapists need referrals, but some do. They also like to know who are referring patients to them so bring it along if you have one.
Any Relevant Medical Information
Depending on your reasons for going to therapy, it might be wise to bring along some medical information. If you’re allergic to any medications that should be written down and give to the therapist. If you completed any other courses, were admitted to a mental health facility, or feel any other information is relevant bring it along.