1. You can shop around.
You can try out many different therapists. Just because you schedule a consult and meet with them, does not mean that you are stuck with them. Make sure you click.
2. Ask questions.
Ask A LOT of questions to make sure you understand everything. Ask about the things that will determine if the relationship will work – such as: type of therapy they do, how long have they been in practice, what disorders do they treat, etc.
3. You can change your mind.
Say you get in there and you see someone for a few sessions, but you just are not feeling it. That is okay – either ask for a referral elsewhere or just don’t schedule again. It is better to let the therapist know you do not feel like it is a good fit, but stick to what you are comfortable with.
4. You are in charge, they work for you.
If you do not like what treatment type they are using – tell them. You may really like them as a therapist, but you might not be jiving with how they are going about trying to help you. Let them know this so that it works for both of you.
5. It is about you.
This is one thing that is all about you. Allow that and embrace that. It’s okay to be selfish with your therapy.
Original Post October 21, 2018 – 5 Things to Know About Choosing a Therapist
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