Establishing a trusting relationship is the cornerstone of effective therapy, so talk openly with your therapist about what works for you and what does not, especially if you’ve had experience with therapy in the past.
It’s also possible that a therapist’s way of working doesn’t align with your expectations or needs. Your therapist should be able to describe their method of working and the ways in which it can help with your presenting problem or concern. If the explanation doesn’t make sense to you, or you feel strongly that you need a different kind of help, let them know.
Keep in mind that for many of us, change is really hard, and talking about private and personal things isn’t easy. It may be that you are feeling anxious about opening up to ANYONE, let alone this particular therapist. Try to settle into the process and see if you grow more comfortable over time.
Remember, it’s always possible you simply aren’t a great fit. If you don’t feel you’re getting your needs met, ask for a referral to another therapist.