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evfb
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Hi, I'm wondering what some good tips for screening therapists are. Besides gut feeling, what kind of questions should you ask to make sure you're a good fit?

Thanks.

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Heather
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Happy to help you get started with that (seems to be a bit of a theme around here today, oddly).

Here are some questions and discussions I'd suggest:

• Ask about their education and fieldwork background: what kind of education do they have, what's the history of their practice been like, what areas do they specialize in.

• Ask about what kind of therapies they do. Not all therapy is talk therapy, and even that can be done in more than one way. If they say something like, say, CBT, and you don't know what that means, ask them to explain it to you.

• If you know there are specific things that make you feel comfortable or uncomfortable, ask them about those things. If you know there are things you want or don't -- like, some folks want practical advice and guidance, others just want to be heard without problem solving -- put those out there, too.

• Ask them what they feel like their particular skills and talents are; what kinds of patients do they feel they serve best, what kinds of issues do they think they're a rockstar at helping with.

• Ask how they conceptualize their relationship with a patient. For instance, do they see themselves as a partner, a teacher, a guide, a caretaker, etc? That question can actually tell you a lot about a therapist's overall philosophies.

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Thank you so much! Great List!
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