Finding an individual or couple’s therapist should be straightforward and yet it can sometimes be a complicated process for people. Asking for help can be difficult and finding the right person that you’re comfortable with requires the ability to be clear about what your needs and expectations are. Some useful things to ask yourself and ask the therapist you are thinking of working with are:
Useful questions to ask yourself:
- What location, time and day can you realistically commit to on a weekly bases?
- How much can you afford to pay weekly?
- Do you want short or long-term therapy? Is it a specific issue you want to work through or are you interested in doing deeper work?
- Do you want to work with a man or a woman?
- Are language or cultural differences an issue for you?
- What do you want to get out of the therapy?
- Are you hoping that the therapist will solve your problems?
- Are you really ready to start therapy?
- Ask a professional or friend if they know of a good therapist.
Useful questions to ask a therapist before committing to working with them:
- Are you a qualified/accredited therapist? What kind of training did you have? If you are looking to see a couple’s therapist they should be trained in couple work. It’s ok to ask specific questions.
- How many years have you been seeing clients?
- Do you specialise in a particular area? If you have a specific concern ask if they have worked with others on this issue.
- What is the average number of sessions you normally see clients for?
- What is expected of me?
It’s important to listen to your instincts when interviewing a therapist.
If you don’t feel comfortable talking to them over the phone you probably won’t feel comfortable working together.
Tell them you will get back to them and ask if you can contact them if you have further questions. The time and effort you put into finding a therapist will help ensure you find the right person for you.