Choosing a therapist is an important first step in your recovery process. You will be sharing some intimate details with your therapist and discussing some difficult topics. You need to make feel you feel comfortable with your therapist and feel free to openly communicate with them. It is a good idea to meet with a therapist before scheduling any sessions so that you know you are comfortable with them. Here are some other questions to consider.
1. What is their expertise?
Many therapists are qualified to help you in many different situations, but some therapists fill specific roles or deal with specific subjects within therapy. There are marriage counselors, child therapists, family therapists, therapists who specialize in certain disorders, and so on. If you want to see a therapist for a specific issue, it might be a good idea to find a specialist who fits your needs.
2. What do they think is the cause of most peoples' problems?
Over years of experience therapists develop certain ways of dealing with patients and approaching their issues. Of course each patient is different, but they use commonalities in past patients to develop a course of action. You should speak with your therapist and how they plan to treat you to make sure you are comfortable with their beliefs and practices.
3. What is their fee?
Mental health is something that is covered by more insurance companies today compared to past years. You can check with your provider to see what forms or therapy or which therapists are included in your plan. There might be a co-pay for your visit, and there is always the possibility that the treatment is not covered. A therapist's fees will also differ based on their level of experience, training, and specialization. Check with us and your insurance company before scheduling an appointment.
4. What would my appointment schedule be?
Your appointment schedule will be determined by the recommended type of therapy for your specific needs. More intensive therapy might call for multiple appointments per week, while less intensive therapy might be once a month. We are flexible on time of day and days of the week for appointments as well. Call our office to find out what times are available.