After narrowing down your list to one counselor, it’s time to have a consultation. Even if your research shows that they are the best in the field, how you feel about them personally still matters.
A consultation will help you check if the therapist’s personality is compatible with yours and if they can help you overcome your issues.
It is normal to ask a therapist questions, so don’t be shy. Ask about whatever you think will be important for you to know. Remember that you should have a therapeutic relationship, which means you should be comfortable enough to open up about your thoughts.
Here is a list of suggested questions you can ask your therapist:
- How experienced are you in dealing with my condition?
- What is your area of expertise?
- Can you prescribe me medication if I need treatment?
- How soon can I expect to start feeling better?
- What are the things we should do if the treatment plan is not working?
- How long have you been practicing?
You should not be pressured when asking any questions that you can think of. You have to remember that they are supposed to help you overcome your difficulties, and the most important thing is that you are comfortable with them.
If you are already satisfied with your first consultation, you can ask your therapist about a follow-up counseling service. You can also ask the frequency of your therapy sessions and how much each session would be.
You should also double-check if your therapist’s office accepts your insurance so that you will be able to save money while you are undergoing a session.