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Key Questions When Interviewing Therapists

Therapy is a shared relationship that requires mutual trust and respect. As the client, you are in the driver’s seat and have the right to interview potential therapists, selecting the one best suited to your needs. 

Below are suggested questions to ask potential therapists and yourself during the interview process. Also be prepared to discuss why you’re seeking a therapist at this time and what you hope to gain from the relationship.

Questions for Potential Therapists

  • What is your approach to the therapeutic process?

  • How do you adapt your style to meet each patients’ unique needs?

  • What type of experience do you have in the area I’m seeking treatment for?

  • What should I expect during the start-up phase and how long does that typically last?

  • How long does it typically take to achieve results?

  • Do you work with a therapist or consultation group yourself?

  • Do you offer in-person and/or online sessions? Can I move between the options based on my availability? 

  • How long are the sessions?

  • How much do you charge? Do you offer sliding-scale options?

  • Do you accept insurance? If yes, which ones?

  • How should I prepare for our first session?

  • What happens if we begin the therapeutic process and determine it’s not the right fit?

Questions to Ask Yourself

  • During the interaction, did I feel seen, heard and respected?

  • Did I feel comfortable interacting with the prospective therapist? 

  • Do I feel like the therapist will help put me in a brave space that’s necessary for growth and transformation?

  • Does the therapist’s availability align with my schedule?

  • What does my gut tell me?

  • Am I ready to move forward with therapy?

Unlike many relationships in your life, the therapeutic one is easy to continue or discontinue at your discretion. When you feel like you’ve found the right fit, go for it. You have little to lose and everything to gain!

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