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Talk therapy works best when the client enters the therapeutic relationship with openness. Use the acronym O.P.E.N to prepare for your first counseling session.


"O" stands for observe. Before your session, pay close attention to your bothersome thoughts and uncomfortable feelings, take note of these.

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"P" stands for prioritize. It helps to understand the urgency of you concerns. Be ready to share what's most important to you with your therapist.


"E" stands for expand. It helps to understand your concerns well enough to talk about them, in detail, if necessary. How are these concerns effecting your life?


"N" stands for narrative. We all have a narrative, a version of our own story. Get familiar with yours. Arrange the sequence of events in your life.

By: Chiffon Samuel MA, LPC

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