Deciding to see a mental health professional is, in itself, a difficult and courageous decision to make. The first step to getting better is acknowledging that you need to get better, and the next step is seeking help. So, if you’re here because you have decided to see a professional, give yourself a pat on the back! You’ve already made progress. As exciting as it can be to start seeing a mental health professional, it can also be nerve-wracking, overwhelming, and a little scary, particularly if you’ve never seen a professional before. You’re probably feeling a mixture of relief, motivation, anxiety and maybe even a slight sense of dread. It helps to know what to expect. Don’t be distressed. This article will talk you through what will happen before, during, and after your first mental health appointment, what might happen in subsequent appointments, as well as what you can do to get the most out of your visits.

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