Is it normal to go into therapy feeling nervous?

I've gone to a couple therapy sessions so far and still everytime I walk in I get nervous and shaky. Is this normal? Should I still be feeling like this?

Sherry Katz, LCSW
Sherry Katz, LCSW
Couples and Family Therapist, LCSW

Yes, feeling nervous for the first few or several sessions of therapy, is completely normal.

Therapy is an unusual way to have a conversation with someone.   The person is an expert in recognizing and understanding dynamics of human interactions.   For some people the fear is that the therapist knows more about you than you do yourself.

In general terms hopefully your therapist has worked with many other people who've faced problems similar to yours.

In this sense the therapist has a general idea of the basic dynamics you most likely are handling.

No therapist could possibly know your particular details and your particular areas of upset or in what ways you feel unsure of yourself.

Once you start to trust both your own right to tell your particular story and start to also feel that your therapist is listening attentively and cares what you tell the person, your nervousness will start to disappear all on its own.

Good luck in getting the most from your therapy sessions!

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