Usually, in a recovery treatment facility, a therapist will sit down and first go through a person’s history, gathering pertinent information. They talk to the person about their past physical, emotional, and mental health. It can take a few sessions for a therapist to reach a good understanding of a person’s situation and what brought them to therapy. They then address concerns and decide the best course of action.
The person in therapy can also review whether they feel comfortable with that particular therapist and want to continue. It’s vital to find a therapist you feel comfortable with, and since there are several in a recovery treatment center, you likely will find one you can work with. At first, it may be intimidating or hard to speak with someone about yourself. Sessions may bring up intense emotions about past experiences or present challenges. It’s entirely reasonable to become angry or sad during treatment. However, therapists can support you and help you feel safe as you process uncomfortable or painful memories.
A therapist might have you do “homework” assignments to build on topics discussed in therapy, and it’s normal to ask questions at any point during therapy. As time passes, therapy can help people become more positive and happy.