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10 Essential Questions to Ask a Potential Therapist Before Committing to Counselling

Updated: Mar 20



Are you considering seeking therapy to address mental health concerns or past trauma? Finding the right therapist is crucial for your healing journey. Just like any other relationship, the therapist-client relationship should be built on trust, understanding, and compatibility. To ensure you find the right mental health professional for you, here are ten essential questions to ask during your initial consultation:

1. What is your experience in treating trauma or the specific issue I'm facing?

Understanding the therapist's background and expertise in addressing trauma or your specific concerns will help you gauge their ability to assist you effectively.

2. What therapeutic approach do you use, and how does it align with my needs?

3. How do you prioritize cultural sensitivity and inclusivity in your practice?

4. What are your views on medication, and do you work in conjunction with psychiatrists if medication is needed?

5. How do you establish goals for therapy, and what is your approach to measuring progress?

6. How do you handle confidentiality, and what are the limits to confidentiality?

Confidentiality is a fundamental aspect of therapy, but there are legal and ethical exceptions. Knowing these boundaries will help you feel secure in sharing sensitive information.

7. What is your availability, and how often are sessions typically scheduled?

8. How do you handle emergencies or crises outside of scheduled sessions?

9. Can you provide insight into your therapeutic style and what I can expect during sessions?

10. How do you approach termination or ending therapy, and what resources do you offer for continued support?


Remember, finding the right therapist is a personal journey, and it's okay to interview multiple therapists before making a decision. Trust your instincts and prioritize finding someone who makes you feel heard, understood, and supported on your path to healing.



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