A Therapist Checklist

Therapy can be a life safer, literally. For those suffering from mental health challenges, having a qualified professional to talk to can be life changing. Therapists can provide the sort of guidance and advice that can help to get you back on track.

However, as with anyone offering a professional service, not every therapist will be a perfect fit for every client. If you are looking for a therapist, here are some questions you should ask:

Get Opinions

Do you know someone who has been in therapy? Ask them for information about the therapist(s) that they saw and whether they would recommend them. Read online reviews, too.

What is Their Specialty?

Some therapists help clients with a variety of issues, while others focus their practice on only a handful. Study the therapist’s credentials; do they include the problem you wish to discuss? Is it one of their specialties?

Speak to Them

Most therapists do not offer a free trial appointment, but they should be willing to talk with you on the phone. Tell them what you wish to work on, ask about the way they conduct a typical appointment and their fees, and any other point of interest you can think of. If they sound like they might be a good fit, give them the benefit of the doubt and book an appointment.

Try an Appointment

As with any profession, you are not bound to stay with a particular therapist. It is common to be nervous at the first appointment, so it can be tough to tell if a person is a good fit from just one visit. However, after two or three, you should have a good idea of whether you wish to continue with them. If it doesn’t feel right to you, then it isn’t and you should move on to someone else.