Interview your therapist. I’m totally not kidding. I can’t tell you how many times a new client comes into my office speaking of a previous negative therapy experience or even just a therapist they didn’t really like. This is an extremely important part of the therapeutic process and you should not settle for anything but a good fit.
My peers around town often gawk at the mention of there being an interview process. “Shouldn’t a therapist be able to get along with anyone?” No. “Shouldn’t a therapist be able to help solve all problems?” No. “Doesn’t the fact that this therapist is an expert in whatever field overrule rapport?” No.
Ultimately this person (the therapist) is going to be with you during your journey and I don’t know about you, but when I’m on a road trip I need the right music and the right person-Cheetos also help! Feel free to ask questions when you call to set up an initial appointment. Even better, prepare some questions for when you meet a therapist for your initial intake. And for goodness sake, if after that appointment you feel it wasn’t a good fit for whatever reason, please I beg of you, don’t go back. If you find yourself in the ever awkward I’ve now seen you for two months but this isn’t going anywhere spot-be upfront with your therapist. You will be able to either work through it or they will be able to refer you to another therapist that could be a better fit.
Being in therapy is an investment in yourself and can be one of the most rewarding growing opportunities you can give yourself. Do your due diligence and find the right therapist for you. Be picky, be choosy, and be confident in your choice. We love questions, so if you ever want/need to know anything other than what is on our profiles, please reach out and ask. We want your experience to be that of the great kind.