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!