As a therapist I know how important it is to choose the right
 therapist for your needs.

A good relationship with your
therapist is crucial creating a foundation based on trust
so you can explore your concerns in a safe environment.
After all, a therapist is someone you will work closely with
and they will help you rediscover yourself. It’s important to
find a good fit so that you can be comfortable in bringing up
anything you want to work on.

I’ve had lots of people ask me questions like: “How do I know
I chose a therapist?” “How will I know that it is a good fit?”

“I want someone direct but how do I ask for that?” “What do I
ask to find out more about a therapist?”
These are all great questions. I look at selecting a therapist as
if you were researching any other professional ( i.e. physician,
massage therapist, babysitter etc..).

Most of us we call or go
online to find out more about that agency/person. Choosing a
therapist is no different. It’s important to call and speak with
the therapist and ask him/her questions about their practice.
This is like an interview process to find out how they work,
what are their specialties, and how will they help you?

I have put a list of questions together to help you in this
process. Some therapists offer a free consultation either
on the phone or in-person.

  • What are your specialties?
  • What are your credentials? (I.e. licensed, certified, etc…)
  • What types of models do you wok from?
  • What is the counseling process? (if you have never been
in counseling before)
  • How do you determine when I’m done?
  • How do you work with people with this concern? (be specific
on what help you are looking for)
  • What has been your experience working other others with this
same issue?

Some of the logistical questions:

  • Where are you located?
  • Is there ample parking?
  • Does your office provide accommodations for physical
 disabilities (if needed)?
  • What are your fees?
  • Do you take insurance?
What is your payment policy?
What are your hours?
  • 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 it you can schedule an appointment to meet in person.

So do your research ahead of time so you will have a
great experience. And I hope that you find a great
therapist that will assist you on your journey of growth!