We believe that there are two parts to finding the right therapist. The first is to find someone who is qualified. We encourage you to read their bio and check to see that whomever you are researching is listed on the Secretary of State website as having a current and up-to-date license. The next, and more challenging part, is to find someone who is a good “fit.” That is, someone who you feel like you can trust; with whom you can be open and honest. Sometimes people assess this in the first meeting with the therapist. Sometimes they call to talk with the potential therapist for a few minutes before making an appointment. If you decide to call before making an appointment, here are some ideas about what you can ask to get a feel for the therapist’s style.
1) What is the first session like?
2) Do you think you can help me? If not, who would you refer me to?
3) What is your position on taking medications?
4) What kinds of training have you received?
5) What is your specialization?
6) What are your hours/rates? Availability? Length of sessions?
7) Can you prescribe medication or make referrals for medication?
8) What is your treatment style?
9) How will my confidentiality be secured?
10) How do I pay for your services?
11) Is there anything that I need to do before the first session?
12) What if I meet with you and then decide that it is not a good fit?