Tips for interviewing a therapist

I'm a big fan of therapy because I've seen how helpful it can be. It works well when the therapist is well qualified and a good fit for you. 

The best way I know to tell whether a therapist might be a good fit for you is to meet in person and talk about what's going on in your life, and (if you have an idea about this) what you're hoping to find in a therapist.  

There are no wrong questions. People who have interviewed me and been happy with the outcome have often asked questions such as,

* How do you work? What happens in a therapy session?

* Have you worked much with this kind of issue before? 

* What kind of education and training have you had?

* How do you know when therapy is finished? How long does it take?

* What fee do you charge? Do you take insurance? Do you have a sliding scale?

People have also asked me questions that were personally important to them. Some have needed to find out whether I can respect and accept their religion (or lack of it), or their culture, their sexual orientation and/or gender identity, or any other aspect of who they are. 

If you've had a difficult experience with therapy in the past, a first meeting can be a chance to talk about that, too. I think it's a great idea to ask about anything that you're concerned about. 

A good therapist may not answer everything you ask, either because they don't have the answer, or because of their professional boundaries. But you have the right to expect a thoughtful and respectful response to any question. 


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