Our expert says:
Eish, I was fnishing SUCH a great answer here, and then the internet twitched and lost the whole darn thing !
Here goes again. Relax. A shrink is experienced at helping you to relax and feel comfortable. They vary a bit, as do all people, but the general pattern is familiar. IN the early sessions they would hope you would discuss your problems / concerns so they could understand what might need to be done. They would ask more questions than in later sessions, to be sure they understand you properly, and to fill in relevant gaps you might not think to mention.
They would hope you would be frank ( hiding things from your shrink isn't helpful, as that's like taking your car to a garage and failing to mention that awful noise it makes when going downhill). They would be sympahetic, and friendly, and would hope in early sessions to clarify what sort of agenda you'd like to set - what the issues are, what diagnosis, if any, is appropriate, and what sort of therap would help, with what aims in mind.
Come back and let us know how it went !
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