"Life Insights"

10 questions to ask when choosing a Therapist, Psychotherapist, or Counsellor

 

Learning more about a professional’s background and training can help you feel comfortable and confident with your choice.

 

Harvard Health has outlined 10 questions to ask before choosing a therapist, psychotherapist, or counsellor:

 

  1. What's your training (i.e., what certification or degrees do you hold)?
  2. How long have you worked in this field?
  3. What kinds of treatment or therapy do you think might help me?
  4. What are the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches to treatment, including medications?
  5. How does the type of treatment you offer work?
  6. What are the chances that treatment will succeed?
  7. How soon should I start feeling better?
  8. How will we assess my progress?
  9. What should I do if I don't feel better?
  10. How much will treatment cost?

 

A good therapist, psychotherapist or counsellor should be able to easily describe his or her formal training and certifications, and explain the pros and cons of different types of treatment, including ones he or she doesn't do.

 

It's also a good idea to periodically check-in with your therapist, psychotherapist or counsellor to review your progress. If you don't feel there's been improvement after several months, consider getting a second opinion.

 

Looking for a therapist, psychotherapist, or counsellor?

 

You can find one on the Stratalife website!

 

Here's how it works:

  1. Find a professional that matches what you’re looking for.
  2. Get to know each other with a free introductory call.
  3. Book regular sessions, set goals, and let the growth begin!