Choosing the right therapist is an important process because every person has different needs, and not everyone responds the same way to different types of therapy. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to therapy. When choosing a therapist, remember to ask questions such as these during the first meeting.
- Do you have a license, and how long have you been practicing?
- Do you favor any particular type of treatment, and have you found it to be effective for people with issues similar to mine?
- How long will our sessions be, and how much will they cost?
After you have collected this preliminary information, you will be ready to move on to the next step: to determine whether you feel comfortable working with this particular therapist. Only you can answer that adequately; effective, open, and honest communication with the therapist is key.
Making the right choice when seeking psychotherapeutic counseling can seem like an overwhelming task, but if you remember to ask the right questions and heed your own judgement about your rapport with the professional, your treatment is likely to be a much more positive and rewarding experience.