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SunsetLeopard July 25th, 2015 11:14pm

Have you ever been to a counselor or psychologist of any sort? (If so, there's a 2nd question in the comments)

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crazyjane New Jersey
07/27/15 1:03 pm

Yes, for many years. I don't go now but its a comfort to know that if I want to go back to therapy, its just a phone call and appointment away

NotHomeYet formerly fgw0369
07/26/15 9:51 pm

I didn't read all the comments because I am heading to bed, but just know you may not click or like the first therapist you try. Don't give up on therapy, just try another. God bless you!

phen nebraska
07/25/15 6:46 pm

I have not been to one before, other than priest. I need to schedule one though.
I have however worked with quite a few. It all depends on what you are looking for. If its an eval type or someone neutral to talk to. Either way.. Just talk. Easy

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GlockMan1 Alabama
07/25/15 6:39 pm

Not unless you consider JESUS a counselor.

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FacePalm That Trick Never Works
07/25/15 4:42 pm

Just request an appointment as you would for any doctor. If you make an appointment with an ObGyn, they are not going to expect you to be there for your feet 8).

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FacePalm That Trick Never Works
07/25/15 4:44 pm

The counselor will ask for more information if he or she needs it. At this stage you are simply asking for availability.

TierasPet
07/25/15 4:39 pm

I'd be very to the point. I would like to come in and talk with you about some issues I'm having. I'd be very broad and not specific at all.

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Krazy1 One for fun
07/25/15 4:32 pm

Just like a good doctor will do...he or she will ask you what brings you in.

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TierasPet
07/25/15 4:37 pm

Exactly.

SunsetLeopard Still writing my story
07/25/15 4:16 pm

How do you talk to them? I mean I know it sounds like a stupid question but I'm trying to send an email to one requesting a visit but I don't know what to say. I can't open up that easily about my problems without being asked. (Other than on SOH 💖)

FollowYourBliss Never Happy, Ever After
07/25/15 4:24 pm

Not sure how to answer that, but if it's just asking for an appointment; ask the same way you would when scheduling an appointment with anybody. Personally, I'd call, or better yet go see them in person to schedule. I prefer human to human contact.

FollowYourBliss Never Happy, Ever After
07/25/15 4:25 pm

In regards to you having trouble about opening up about your problems, you shouldn't do that over email. That should be in person. You're going to want to look for a therapist that asks you first and initiates the conversation. I've had a few...

SunsetLeopard Still writing my story
07/25/15 4:25 pm

Well I guess I should ask, how does it work? I mean does she ask you specific questions or do you just talk and she listens? Maybe that's the better question

FollowYourBliss Never Happy, Ever After
07/25/15 4:26 pm

Therapists that essentially sit there and stare at me and wait for me to talk. Needless to say they didn't work out. You're going to have to pry the information out of me in the beginning, but once I'm comfortable with you; I'll give that willingly

missmorganmarie ...
07/25/15 4:41 pm

she'll ask questions and you answer and she might ask you to elaborate on your answers. you can also tell her you aren't sure what you're supposed to do and she will help guide you. at least mine did the first session

FacePalm That Trick Never Works
07/25/15 4:49 pm

I too did much better with someone who asked questions so it was more of a conversation, rather than me just talking to a statue. Remember that most people are going for the first time, and they all start not knowing what to say. So don't worry.

Kay41 the Midwest
07/25/15 4:49 pm

Keep in mind too that a therapist is kind of like a doctor. Meaning sometimes the first one you see isn't the right fit for you. So, if you feel after a few sessions that you are not getting enough out if it, I would suggest trying another.

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
07/25/15 6:56 pm

I would just email the person and request counseling maybe just say that you're having marital issues... You really don't have to tell him anything in the email.

GrandmaALiCE
07/25/15 7:03 pm

A lot of good advice here. I can't improve on it.

I'm so happy you are taking this step. I've had counseling twice.

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
07/25/15 11:44 pm

You will asked open ended questions. She will want to know why you're here for sure. She will help you explore your own thoughts and feelings.

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
07/25/15 11:46 pm

Most likely you'll be asked about your relationship with your parents. And a few things like that. I'm so thankful you are going.

SunsetLeopard Still writing my story
07/26/15 6:04 am

Thanks guys...we had another really bad night last night so I'll be going as soon as we get a few pay checks in

GrandmaALiCE
07/26/15 6:55 am

"so I'll be going as soon as we get a few pay checks in"

Does your husband have a job now?

SunsetLeopard Still writing my story
07/26/15 6:56 am

Yes see my last poll.