?s for prospective therapists

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Registered: 03-26-2003
?s for prospective therapists
Sun, 01-06-2008 - 2:29am
There are lots of questions you might want to ask a prospective therapist before meeting them, or even at the first appointment. The list is really up to you, but some suggested questions I've gathered together are:

  • Are you licensed by the state? {Licensure is important because it means that the provider has passed minimum competency standards for training and expertise.}

  • What is your license or who is your supervisor?

  • How long have you been in practice?

  • Have you ever had an ethical complaint filed and sustained by your State Licensing Board?

  • What do you consider your specialty(ies)?

  • Is there any particular population that you work with most?

  • How long should counseling or psychotherapy for this particular issue take?

  • How will we know and what will we do if counseling and psychotherapy isn't working?

  • How will I know when it is time to stop?

  • What are your qualifications to work with this particular problem?

  • When was the last time you successfully resolved a similar case?

  • Can you provide me with a reference from a former client or patient?

  • Do you consult with other professionals and who are they?

  • How can I know you are the right person to work with?

  • Do you have a written policy and information handout?

  • What is your availability if I need to reschedule?

  • Does someone cover for you when you are unavailable?

  • Do you charge for time spent on the phone with me?

  • What do you believe about what helps people grow?

    Watch out for therapists who are too fascinated by trouble and will not notice the healthy parts of you, focusing only on the "problems". When you meet with them, you should feel the excitement and nervousness that come with sharing your life story with someone new to you, but that you should not feel unduly pressured or uncomfortable. It should feel like "Wow, that was hard work, and I've got a lot to think about!" rather than, "Gee, now I feel REALLY crummy and hopeless...". Look for a good "fit" between the two of you and a growing sense of trust that this person truly applauds your progress and milestones. Good therapy can not only move you past seemingly impossible roadblocks, but can give you a shift in perspective that is nearly magic.

  • ~ cl-2nd_life ~

    "Ignoring the facts
    does not change the facts"

    ~ Author unknown

    "Ignoring the facts
    does not change the facts"