Therapy: The Perfect Fit
Questions you can, and should, ask a therapist before therapy.
By Lauren Aaronson published May 1, 2006 - last reviewed on April 5, 2017
Usually it's the therapist posing the questions. But when you're choosing a therapist, remember that you're entitled to ask almost anything.
Because successful counseling depends on personal disclosure and how well you connect with your therapist, it's important to find a counselor you can trust and with whom you feel at ease. These questions are a good start.
What's Your Specialty?
How Long Do Patients Usually See You?
A potential therapist should have a rough idea of an appropriate course of treatment, be it a targeted three-session approach or an open-ended one.
May I Contact References?
Confirm that this is a licensed, caring professional worthy of your trust. Psychology Today's Therapy Directory is a resource that lists certified therapists by zip code and specialty.
For more tips on choosing a therapist, visit Psychology Today's Therapy Center.