As a counselor I know how important it is to choose the right therapist for your needs. A good relationship with your counselor is crucial in creating a therapeutic relationship based on trust to explore your concerns in a safe environment. A counselor is someone you will work closely with and they will help you rediscover yourself.
I look at selecting a therapist as if you were researching any other professional, such as a physician, massage therapist, babysitter etc. Most of us go online to find out more about that agency or person, and then we call. Choosing a counselor is no different.
It’s important to call and speak with the counselor and ask questions about their practice. This interview process will find out how they work, their specialties, and how they will help you.
I have put a list of questions together to help you in this process. Some counselors, like us, offer a free consultation either on the phone or in-person. This gives you time to ask these questions:
• What are your credentials? Are you licensed, certified, etc.
• What are your specialties?
• What types of models do you work from?
• What is the counseling process? This is especially helpful if you have never been in counseling before.
• How do you work with people with your concern? Be specific on what help you are looking for.
• What has been your experience working other people with this same issue?
• How do you determine when I’m done?
Here are some of the logistical questions to ask:
• Where are you located? Is there ample parking?
• Does your office provide accommodations for physical disabilities if you need them?
• What are your fees?
• What is your payment policy?
• Do you take insurance? Are they in-network or out-of-network?
• What are your hours? Are they available evenings/weekends?
• How often do you meet with clients?
After this interview you should get a pretty good feel for how they work and if they will be a good fit for you. If you feel good about the therapist, you can schedule an appointment to meet in person. Do your research ahead of time so you will have a great experience. I hope that you find a great therapist that will assist you on your journey of growth!
CALL FOR YOUR FREE THIRTY-MINUTE PHONE CONSULTATION. To help you decide if we’re a good fit for each other, simply call us at 303-843-6000 (Denver metro area) and schedule a phone appointment. One of our qualified therapists will call you back, and talk with you. If we’re not a good fit, we can probably help you find a therapist who is.