Support Forums Today's Posts

Get Advice Connect with TeenHelp Resources
HelpLINK Facebook     Twitter     Tumblr     Instagram    Hotlines    Safety Zone    Alternatives

You are not registered or have not logged in

Hello guest! (Not a guest? Log in above!)

As a guest on TeenHelp you are only able to use some of our site's features. By registering an account you will be able to enjoy unlimited access to our site, and will be able to:

  • Connect with thousands of teenagers worldwide by actively taking part in our Support Forums and Chat Room.
  • Find others with similar interests in our Social Groups.
  • Express yourself through our Blogs, Picture Albums and User Profiles.
  • And much much more!

Signing up is free, anonymous and will only take a few moments, so click here to register now!

Mental Health Use this forum to share your mental health concerns and to seek advice.

Closed Thread
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread
  (#1 (permalink)) Old
abreacti0n Offline
Scars are Silent Screams
Average Joe
abreacti0n's Avatar
Name: Maria
Age: 23
Gender: Female
Location: Hell

Posts: 168
Blog Entries: 25
Join Date: December 11th 2010

Exclamation Going to a Psychologist (first time) - February 4th 2011, 12:51 PM

Tomorrow I'm going to a psychologist .. for the first time! I'm terribly terribly terribly scared and i don't want to go but my parents and guidance teacher want me to go. My guidance teacher will be there with me but I have no idea on how to handle it.

Is anyone going to a psychologist and so how was your first time?

~ I am Lost Between Fighting and Giving Up ~

The light is always found at the end of a tunnel


  (#2 (permalink)) Old
Blair Offline
Regular TeenHelper
Blair's Avatar
Name: Blair
Age: 25
Gender: Chick
Location: This moment

Posts: 491
Blog Entries: 13
Join Date: December 7th 2010

Re: Going to a Psychologist (first time) - February 4th 2011, 01:49 PM

Sorry I don't really have much advice. Just empathy. I'm going to a psychologist (or psychiatrist I dunno) on Monday for the first time and I'm petrified. I guess for the first session I'm just gonna introduce myself, be polite, and fey to get used to the situation/dynamic so hopefully I'll be less afraid of it the second time

Just Keep Breathing
  (#3 (permalink)) Old
fermatakid Offline
Welcome me, I'm new!
fermatakid's Avatar
Age: 29
Gender: Other

Posts: 20
Join Date: January 26th 2011

Re: Going to a Psychologist (first time) - February 4th 2011, 01:57 PM

When I started therapy, I was nervous and anxious and all sorts of things. However, once I got there and talked for a few minutes, I felt completely fine. I think I was just thinking about all the things I had heard about therapy and all the things I thought it would be in my head, and honestly, it was pretty simple. Your psychologist is going to make you feel as comfortable as possible, and considering it's your first meeting, you probably won't get into specifics anyhow. Relax! You'll be fine.
  (#4 (permalink)) Old
Music Offline
Thoroughly medicated
I've been here a while
Music's Avatar
Name: Richard
Age: 30
Gender: Male
Location: Alberta, Canada

Posts: 1,575
Blog Entries: 12
Join Date: January 5th 2009

Re: Going to a Psychologist (first time) - February 4th 2011, 02:00 PM

There's nothing to be afraid of, psychologists are there to help you in any way that they can. They know that going to see them for the first couple times can be pretty stressful or even downright scary and because of that they try to make it as comfortable as they can. Psychologists are used to seeing people who are depressive or have anxiety, as such they know that making seeing them as comfortable and easy as possible will help ensure that these people will keep comming back and have a better chance of success. Most psychologists will make the first visit structered in a way, they won't expect you to talk and talk the whole visit (although some might try to encourage it), they'll have questions to ask to help you carry on the conversation and to help them get to know you and how they can help you. I've noticed a question I get asked every single time I go to a new psychologist, they always ask me what I want to get out of seeing them. You should maybe think to yourself before you go, what do you want to achieve by going to see the psychologist?

Anyways I hoped that helped at least some. Good luck with your first visit, and just try to remember that there really isn't anything to worry about.

Member since 2005
  Send a message via MSN to Music  
  (#5 (permalink)) Old
Make Believe Offline
makes everything 20% cooler.
Jeez, get a life!
Make Believe's Avatar
Name: Kayleigh
Age: 29
Gender: Female
Location: Wales, U.K.

Posts: 6,185
Blog Entries: 190
Join Date: August 31st 2009

Re: Going to a Psychologist (first time) - February 4th 2011, 08:02 PM

It's not as scary/intense as you first think. S/he will probably just ask you a few questions and write your answers down

"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."
  Send a message via MSN to Make Believe  
  (#6 (permalink)) Old
Stupidity Kills
Outside, huh?
OMFG!You'reActuallySmart!'s Avatar

Posts: 4,500
Blog Entries: 10
Join Date: December 19th 2009

Re: Going to a Psychologist (first time) - February 4th 2011, 10:11 PM

Your guidance counselor does not need to be there with you if you don't want him/her to. However, your parents will be told by the psychologist what he/she finds but on the first visit, it's more of a welcoming one and they understand you may be nervous or unwilling. The guidance counselor, unless there's some special reason, doesn't need to be made aware of what the psychologist says. Your parents will though but will not be told exactly what you have said, that is, the psychologist cannot quote you. They will record what you say as well as how you say it, how you interact with them and other behavioural aspects.

Since you're 13, you may be seeing a child psychologist or may not, I'm not sure on that. They'll ask you questions as well as let you just talk and you can ask them questions although depending on the nature of the question, they may not answer it since it is a professional setting. They may act as a therapist or refer you to one but therapists tend to work in the same building as the psychiatrists do.

I can rip you off, and steal all your cash, suckerpunch you in the face, stand back and laugh. Leave you stranded as fast as a heart-attack.
- Danko Jones (I Think Bad Thoughts)
  (#7 (permalink)) Old
lola jonson Offline
Junior TeenHelper
lola jonson's Avatar
Name: lola
Age: 26
Gender: Female

Posts: 207
Join Date: January 27th 2011

Re: Going to a Psychologist (first time) - February 4th 2011, 10:19 PM

I just had my first appointment with a therapist earlier this week and I was really scared and freaking out. It ended up being fine. Actually, it went really good. It felt great to talk to someone, she was super nice and understanding. I'm actually looking forward to going back. You'll be fine.

We do not fear death, we fear that no one will notice our absence. That we will disappear without a trace.
Closed Thread


psychologist, time

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All material copyright ©1998-2020, TeenHelp.
Terms | Legal | Privacy | Conduct | Complaints | Mobile

Powered by vBulletin®.
Copyright ©2000-2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search engine optimization by vBSEO.
Theme developed in association with vBStyles.