What do I need to know before my first psychologist appointment ever?
March 27, 2006 11:50 AM Subscribe
I'm going to see a psychologist for the first time ever. What kind of questions do I need to ask? What should I expect in general?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
So, here's my story: 30, female, single, semi-overweight. Lacking motivation or understanding of what I want to do with my life. Have all sorts of issues with my parents and not meeting their expectations (I am successful, just not their definition of successful). Every once in a while, I get very sad and depressed, but never suicidal. I was on prozac once, for 2 years. I don't think it helped much, and I'd like to work out some of my issues in a more natural manner, and for me, at this point in my life, therapy sounds like a good approach.
I have an appointment with a doctor recommended psychologist. I know she is a phD and uses psychotherapy. I don't really know what this means. What types of questions should I be asking my psychologist during my first session to get to know her and to get an idea of how she may be able to help me, or to find out if she is going to be able to help me at all?
Also, what should I expect my first meeting with her to be like? What are "sessions" usually like?