Finding the right therapist may seem like a daunting task! All therapists have different styles and different personalities. Below are some questions that can help you make the process just a bit easier.
Questions To Ask Yourself Before Choosing A Therapist:
- Is there a specific town or area that is most convenient for me to attend consistent appointments?
- What times/days are most convenient for my schedule?
- Am I looking for any unique hours (i.e. evenings or weekends)?
- Do I want to receive services through my insurance carrier or am I willing to pay out of pocket? (What is my price range?)
- Is there a unique form of treatment that I’m looking to explore (i.e. Sand Tray Therapy, Art Therapy, or Play Therapy)?
- Am I primarily looking for individual or family therapy?
Questions That You May Want To Explore When Meeting With A New Therapist:
- Are you willing to provide me with a receipt of services that I can submit to my insurance company for reimbursement? (If the therapist is not in-network with your insurance carrier)
- FYI: for additional information on submitting for reimbursement click here!
- How will we assess my progress?
- If there are other services involved with my family (i.e. caseworkers, school social workers, mentors, behavioral assistants, psychiatrists, etc.), will you be willing to collaborate with them, as needed?
- If necessary, are you open to including family members in sessions?
- Do you have experience treating others with symptoms similar to mine?
- What is your level of licensure?
- Is the therapist independently licensed (LCSW, LPC, or Ph.D.) or are they practicing under a supervisor (BSW, MSW, MA, LSW, or LAC)?
- Which modalities do you typically use in treatment?
- Which approach do you think will be most helpful in treating my specific needs?
- Do you have any particular specialties or postgraduate training?
- Are you affiliated with any reputable organizations or websites?
- Have there been any filed complaints about you with the ethics board?
Making Your Own Assessment:
- Did you feel heard?
- Was the therapist pleasant and patient?
- Did you feel comfortable speaking with him or her?
- Did the conversation feel rushed?
- Was the therapist easy to contact?
- If you did not speak with the therapist immediately, did he or she get back to you in a timely manner?
Remember! You are the boss in your own therapy. If you do not feel comfortable speaking with a therapist over the phone or in person, then perhaps it is best to keep looking!