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What happens in talk therapy

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I’m starting talk therapy today and I’m kind of nervous could you tell me what it’s like 

Answer

Hi there, you are very welcome to Ask Alex.  

Thank you for reaching out to us. We understand that it’s not always easy to share how we’re feeling, but we also know how important it is to talk about our worries. 

You have mentioned that you are feeling nervous about starting talk therapy and you are wondering what it is like. Talking therapies are psychological treatments which involve talking to a trained therapist to support you to deal with your thoughts and feelings and help you to make positive changes. There are many types of talking therapy such as counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy, family therapy or mindfulness-based therapy. You and your counsellor or therapist will work together to identify your goals, with the length of therapy depending on your individual needs.  

Talk therapy is used to assist people in identifying issues that create emotional pain. These could be complex concerns, or they could be caused by daily stressors, a medical disease, interpersonal troubles, grief, loss, or the impact of a specific experience. Once this has been recognised, your therapist will work with you to understand how these stressors affect your life and will develop methods and solutions to help you manage the symptoms. Your talk therapy session may last for approximately 1 hour, although it may be less, and you may need to attend your therapy session each week, but this will be agreed upon with you and your therapist.  

We hope that your talk therapy sessions go well, and that this information gives you a better insight as to what talk therapy is. If you would like to chat about it further, you are very welcome to chat with the Childline Team by phone on 1800 66 66 66 or through our Live Chat on www.childline.ie. Childline services are free and confidential, and are available 24 hours, 7 days a week.   

Thank you for reaching out to us. Take care of yourself,   

Alex   

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