Way to go! You have made the most important first step to healing, by seeking out help. Most people who need help never take this important step. The National Institute of Mental Health has published this article on how to figure out if a provider is right for you.
The most important part of therapy is making sure you feel safe and comfortable with the person you are opening up to. Before you dive into a therapy, get to know them. You want to make sure you are compatible with your therapist because you will be spending a lot of time with them and being quite vulnerable with them.
Most therapists, including myself, offer a quick consultation so that you can ask any questions you may have.
Here are some things you might want to ask before you commit:
First, learn a little bit about them and their practice. Ask these questions:
- How long have you been practicing?
- What is your educational background?
- How much do you charge?
- What are your strengths or weaknesses as a counselor?
- What is your general philosophy and approach to therapy?
Then, you might want to learn more about what you should expect as a patient:
- What is a typical session like and how long are they?
- Do you give homework to your patients?
- How do you set up counseling goals?
- How do I prepare for my first session?
No matter who you pick as your therapist, just know you made an amazing choice to get help. Consultations are an excellent way to make sure you are in the right place with the right person. Your comfort and your safety are the number one priority. Your mental health journey begins with the consultation, so make sure it feels right.