I couldn't find a good thread where the overarching issue of therapy and/or counseling seems to be addressed, but if I missed it definitely feel free to move this! I just made an appointment with a therapist for the first time in my life, for next week, and I'm slightly panicking. Mostly just because I've never done this before, and also partially because I am not a "talk it out" kind of person. I'm all about shoving things down and never looking at them again. I'm not sure I want to get into what all's led up to me deciding to do this quite yet (though I am in awe of and impressed with those of you who are so willing and open to share on here, it's helped me a TON in getting to this point) but I wanted to kind of get some input on what to expect, anything I should do ahead of time to mentally prepare, etc. What have your experiences been with therapy/counseling? What are things to look out for to know if the therapist is or is not right for you? Just looking for general info on the whole thing based on your experiences.