The Silence Before Therapy Begins - Justin Lioi, LCSW - Brooklyn, NY

Starting a session can be many things.

  • Awkward.
  • Uncomfortable.
  • Annoying.
  • Exciting.

In a recent guest post at Good Therapy I write about why this sometimes strange feeling is so present in many counseling sessions. What’s the point? Is it a test?

Mostly, the space is provided to be as fully for you as possible. We want you to start the session so we reduce how we can get in the way of you being fully present in the moment.

We don’t want to influence how your feeling any more than the unavoidable contrivances of the counseling setup already does!

Would love your thoughts on Why Does My Therapist Wait for Me to Start the Session?


Justin Lioi, LCSW is a men’s mental health and relationship expert based in Brooklyn, NY (and online throughout New York State and internationally.) He received his degree from New York University and has been working in family and men’s counseling for over 10 years. Justin is on the Board of the National Association of Social Workers and writes a weekly column for the Good Men Project called Unmasking Masculinity. He can be found on local and national podcasts talking about assertiveness, anger, self-compassion, all with the goal of becoming the man you want to be.