Finding the right therapist can be a daunting task. This is the person with whom you are going to share your hurt, pain, frustration, shame, mistakes, hopes and joys.
The following questions are provided to help you in the process of finding a therapist who might be good for you. Pick a few questions from this list to get started. Remember, you are the consumer. You are entrusting much into their skills. It's ok to ask questions.
Questions about the therapist.
- What licensees or certifications qualify you as a therapist?
(See a description of common licensees here.)
- What counseling issues do you feel you are best trained to handle?
- What counseling issues do you prefer to refer to another therapist?
- What is your experience in working with __(your issue)__?
- Do you have special education or training in working with __(your issue)__?
- Do you see much success in working with __(your issue)__?
- What has to happen for therapy to be successful in working with __(your issue)__?
Questions about the therapy process.
- How frequently would we meet together?
- How long do you expect this process to take?
- Can you tell me a bit about your approach to therapy?
- What should I expect to happen during therapy?
Questions about their accessibility.
- Where is your office located?
- What days and times do you see people for therapy?
- Are you reachable in a crisis?
Questions about cost.
- How much do you charge for therapy sessions?
- Do you accept insurance payments? Are you a provider on my network?
- Do you offer a sliding scale or discounts? If so, what are the requirements?