If you’ve been thinking about finding a therapist, you may not be sure how to begin. There’s a wide variety of therapists, each of whom has different approaches and experiences that color how they work with people. It’s important to choose someone who is appropriate for your personality and the issue you’re dealing with. You’ll want someone you can trust implicitly. So how do you find that person?
We have a helpful document on the Care to Change website that can help you determine whether a particular counselor is the right fit for you. It’s important to ask questions like these up front, because you don’t want to get several weeks into counseling only to discover that you have significant disagreements with a counselor’s way of thinking, or that their belief system is too different from yours.
The document includes the following questions, and provides greater insight into why they matter and what you should be listening for:
- Where did you go to school? Are you licensed?
- How do you approach therapy?
- What is your availability?
- What is the cost?
- Do you ever work from a sliding scale?
- Have you worked with people similar to me?
- Are you now, or have you ever been in therapy?
- What is your faith background?
- Do my goals feel realistic and attainable through this relationship?
- How long do clients typically work with you?
- Do you feel like we’ll be a good fit?
Care to Change has many licensed professional counselors in our practice, and we’ll be happy to discuss your objectives and help you find the right match. You’ll also find more information about each of them on our website.
A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Teresa Land specializes in women’s issues, anxiety and depression, recovery from abuse, addiction, and helping church leaders.