Questions to Consider When Choosing a Therapist

“The greatest communication is usually how we are rather than what we say.”
– Joseph Goldstein

Questions to Ask Your Potential Therapist

What license(s) do you have to be a therapist and how long have you been practicing?

What experience do you have working with the types of problems I am experiencing?

What is your approach to doing therapy in a situation such as this one?

What has your success rate been with problems like this? 

In working with a patient or client, do you tend to be more directive or more like a consultant to the patient or client? 

What types of things would you expect me to do between sessions, if anything?

If I start having lots of problems between sessions, what are my options?

Are your appointment times flexible or will I get my own slot?

When you are away, what happens to my therapy?

Do you do phone sessions if I need something at a different time?

If I wanted to bring someone else to a session, would that be a problem?

What would I have to do to be ready for the first session?

My problem is _______. How would you go about treating that?

Some therapists are more comfortable addressing the immediate problem, while others want to focus on the deeper issue. Which are you? 

Do you tend to lead the session, or follow my lead?

What role does our relationship play in our work?

What are your strengths as a therapist?

Have you been in therapy?

What do you think is the goal of the therapy?

What is your approach?

What methods do you employ?

What’s the number of sessions you think we’ll need?

What’s expected from me? (For instance, are there homework assignments?)

How soon did you feel relaxed when speaking with the therapist?

Did you feel rushed to ask your questions, or were you able to go at your own pace?

Did you feel like the conversation flowed, or was it clunky and awkward?

Did you understand the response, or was it filled with technical jargon or vague statements?

Imagine your deepest, darkest secret — could you imagine telling this person about it?

Did the therapist seem to “get” your questions, or did they misinterpret or need to ask for several clarifications?

My commitment to my clients involves

  • Improving the lives of the people I work with by providing quality care from a person-centered approach
  • Being fully present as I guide those I serve along a path of growth, health, and wellness
  • Continuing to practice excellence in my field through continuing education.

Questions to Ask Yourself After the Phone Consultation

Did you feel heard by the therapist?

Did you feel like the therapist respected you?

Was the therapist condescending?

Did the therapist seem like a real person or were they playing a role?

Was the therapist passive or active in the session? What do you like better?

Does it seem like the therapist will be open to hearing about all your feelings, including frustrated feelings relating to them?

Did the therapist have a positive outlook on life?

Did you feel better or worse after the session?

Did you feel comfortable with the therapist?

Does this seem like a safe place to express your thoughts, concerns and feelings?

How soon did you feel relaxed when speaking with the therapist?

Did you feel rushed to ask your questions, or were you able to go at your own pace?

Did the therapist seem to “get” your questions, or did they misinterpret or need to ask for several clarifications?

Did you feel like the conversation flowed, or was it clunky and awkward?

Did you understand the response, or was it filled with technical jargon or vague statements?

Imagine your deepest, darkest secret — could you imagine telling this person about it?

The Couple and Family Clinic welcomes new clients. Finding a therapist who is a good fit for you is an important decision that can have real impacts on your health and well-being. By choosing The Couple and Family Clinic, you can feel confident that you have chosen to work with a therapist who is dedicated to his profession. I work to build strong relationships with my clients by consistently providing those I serve with respect, a non-judgmental stance, and an openness to work together to better understand what changes you are looking to accomplish.

For more information about Counseling in Bethesda, MD

Call 240-390-6381

Email info@18.234.212.126

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