May 14, 2012 7:31 PM Subscribe
Psychotherapy starter kit
posted by lunalaguna to health & fitness (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm trying to figure out what I should ask my new therapist to determine if we're a good fit. This'll be my third therapist, but it's been about eight years since I've been in therapy.
My previous attempts were unsuccessful. I'm not a big fan of rehashing or dredging up my issues. I've found therapy extremely painful, and I feel my previous CBT-oriented therapists have been too rigid and combative.
I'm seeing a psychiatrist concurrently and have recently started the medicine merry-go-round again. Medication has also been unhelpful in the past. I'm giving it another try, though, because I'm at a point where I can't manage the basic duties of being an adult, and I'm unhappy all of the time.
I'm not sure my diagnosis is relevant, but I do have depression and anxiety issues that need to be dealt with outside of pharmaceuticals.
My main concern is that my previous psychiatrists (for whatever reason) set me up with strong, confrontational female therapists, which is about the exact opposite of what I need. I'm afraid that's what I'm walking into this time, too, but I'm basing that feeling on the therapist's website, so who knows.
I think I'm looking for someone kind and empathetic who can give me coping mechanisms for some current work and relationship issues and help me come to terms with what is likely a life-long condition. I'm not interested in having the flaws in my thinking pointed out constantly or being forced to journal.
So, what I need is some sort of list of questions or checklists to get me through the first session. Thoughts?