I think that you can often very quickly - even in the first session - have a sense that your therapist "gets you" and feels confident that if you work together you can accomplish real change.
I believe it's good to have clear goals in mind. That means not just wanting to feel better but also having a sense of how that would look in your life. Some examples:
- Healthier relationships (less fighting, more fun...)
- Different work if yours isn't satisfying
- Liking your body better
- Better self care - nutrition, exercise, etc.
- Waking up looking forward to the day
Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW
New York City Psychotherapy