Finding a therapist can sometimes feel overwhelming. In the midst of a painful situation we simply want to get help as quickly as possible. Often asking a friend for a recommendation is a good starting point.

 

In your search for a therapist, it is important to find someone you can trust and someone you feel comfortable talking with. A counselor that you can be open and honest with will make the process feel safer for you. Checking qualifications can be useful too. Read about the counselor and check to see if they have a current and up-to-date license. This simply means that they have taken time to receive additional training as new research becomes available. Take time to talk to the therapist before making an appointment if possible. This will give you an idea of how you might relate to them during counseling.

 

The following questions may be helpful for you to ask in your search.

 

Finding a Therapist

Do you think that you can help me? If not, will you help to refer me to someone who can help me?

What is the first session like?

Is there anything I need to do before the first session?

How will my confidentiality be secured?

What are your hours/rates/length of sessions?

How do I pay?

What is your position about taking medication? If I think I need medication can you prescribe or refer me?

What training have you received?

What is your specialization?

What is your treatment style?

What if I meet with you and decide it is not a good fit?