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Old 07-05-2011, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Kansas USA
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Default My 1st appt w/ a therapist tonight, help

Hi all,

I have an appointment with a therapist tonight after work..can someone give me some advice on what to expect?

Some background..I started seeing a counselor through my work EAP for various issues..the issues have begun to demolish my mental health and she referred me to a therapist..can therapists help with medications? She had about a billion initials after her name so I googled them and they mean she has the highest degree a therapist can have, a PDd.

I'm just scared..am I supposed to just start talking about myself when I get there, or maybe take an assessment or something? I know I'm overthinking the whole thing as that is one of my issues..anxiety out the wazzoo,

thanks.
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Old 07-05-2011, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Adventure Land!! Arriving soon!
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Don't worry, I know that is oversimplifying it but really, you get to decide how you want to start (aside from intake information). You can share what is bothering you, what you have been discussing with your counselor through your work EAP.

I am glad you are getting help, getting support. Best wishes to you!
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Old 07-05-2011, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Kansas USA
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thanks..I'm just nervous and not feeling it for some reason today. I just want to go home and crawl into bed and hide under the covers..
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Old 07-05-2011, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Indiana
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[quote=Adoptstrays;19883883]Hi all,

I have an appointment with a therapist tonight after work..can someone give me some advice on what to expect?

Some background..I started seeing a counselor through my work EAP for various issues..the issues have begun to demolish my mental health and she referred me to a therapist..can therapists help with medications? She had about a billion initials after her name so I googled them and they mean she has the highest degree a therapist can have, a PDd.

I'm just scared..am I supposed to just start talking about myself when I get there, or maybe take an assessment or something? I know I'm overthinking the whole thing as that is one of my issues..anxiety out the wazzoo,

thanks.[/QUOTE

Only a medical doctor can prescribe medications.
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Old 07-05-2011, 02:21 PM
 
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thanks..I'm just nervous and not feeling it for some reason today. I just want to go home and crawl into bed and hide under the covers..
Naaaaaaaaa......
You don't wanna do that. Go ahead and get it over with.
From what I understand, it's enjoyable after time to talk stuff through.
Look at it this way: your already doing better than most people just by going!
More people should do what your doing.
GOOD FOR YOU!
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Old 07-05-2011, 02:29 PM
 
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O.K. NOT to freak you out BUT, I have an entirely different take on the Whole EAP thing. Can you DM me. It's not a public conversation.
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Old 07-05-2011, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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S/he will have a style of therapy. If you don't feel it is right for you, after 2-3 sessions you can find someone else. Some therapists are cognitive-behavioral and will be more direct; they may assign homework to practice something you are working on. Some practice acceptance and commitment therapy; they will help you deal, identify areas of importance, and commit to change. Some are analytical and will discuss dreams and early childhood issues. There are other approaches as well.

Let the therapist guide you.

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Old 07-05-2011, 02:46 PM
 
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Traditional therapy can be very helpful BUT OP has a bigger issue than mental health right now.

Company EAP.

The OP needs are not the same as the companies' needs.

EAP as I have seen it presented and used, is not, in my opinion, a program designed to get you healthy it is a program..... Oh how to put this? wisely.

It is not mandatory, so you don't have to participate.

Are the lines, large enough to read between?
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Old 07-05-2011, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Indiana
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Traditional therapy can be very helpful BUT OP has a bigger issue than mental health right now.

Company EAP.

The OP needs are not the same as the companies' needs.

EAP as I have seen it presented and used, is not, in my opinion, a program designed to get you healthy it is a program..... Oh how to put this? wisely.

It is not mandatory, so you don't have to participate.

Are the lines, large enough to read between?
The company has their own agenda, which may or may not be beneficial to the employee.
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Old 07-05-2011, 03:50 PM
 
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Well put. Even after All this time it stills makes me paranoid! to even talk out loud about it, and I wasn't harmed.
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