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What are you supposed to talk about in therapy?

What are you supposed to talk about in therapy?

Have you ever found yourself feeling stuck on what to talk about either before or in your therapy session? Maybe you haven't reached out to a counsellor yet because you aren't sure what to focus on. Regardless of where you find yourself, if you feeling stuck, unsure, or lost in what to talk about, you are in the right place! You don't have to talk about the biggest thing in the world and even the smallest of concerns will guide us to where we need to be.

I've compiled some examples and directions to hopefully shine light on the fact that nothing is too small to bring to therapy.

  1. Feelings and emotions

  2. Relationships

  3. Coping mechanisms

  4. Compassion fatigue

  5. Past experiences

  6. Fears and concerns

  7. Emotion regulation

  8. Thought and behavioural patterns

  9. Goals, dreams, and aspirations

  10. Decisions to be made

  11. Communication skills and challenges

  12. Life transitions

  13. Self-esteem and self-confidence

  14. Identity exploration

  15. Organisation skills

  16. High sensitivity

  17. Parenting challenges

  18. Boundary setting

  19. Work conflicts

  20. Sleep difficulties

  21. Spirituality and your belief system

  22. Celebrating success

  23. Stuck points

  24. Vulnerabilities

  25. Social skills

  26. Intimacy and sexuality

  27. Loneliness and isolation

  28. Forgiveness and acceptance

  29. Self-care

  30. Routines and scheduling

  31. Health and wellness

  32. Financial concerns

  33. Career exploration

  34. Body image

To be honest, I usually invite my clients to start with whatever is concerning them or is on their mind the most. If it is impacting you in a way you don't like or feel comfortable with, then it is worth exploring, if you want to of course. So many things are connected and multifaceted so I don't think you can talk about the wrong thing, we will eventually get to where we need to be.


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