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15 things you should ask your therapist before booking a session with them!

So, you've finally decided to take therapy! Woo hoo..


But the next big question! How do I choose the right psychologist for myself? The answer is get information about them. Think of it as a therapy matchmaking game - you wouldn't want to swipe right without checking out the bio, right?


Let’s dive straight into it!



1. Approach and Methodology:

Therapeutic Approach: Understanding the therapist's approach is crucial. They might follow cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, humanistic therapy, or a combination. Make sure their approach aligns with what you're comfortable with and what has been effective for your specific concerns.

Tailoring to Individual Needs: Ask how the therapist tailors their approach to individual needs. People are unique, and a one-size-fits-all approach might not be effective.


2. Experience and Qualifications:

Background and Experience: Inquire about the therapist's professional background, years of experience, and any specialized training. This helps gauge their expertise in handling various issues.

Though there is no lisencing body for psychologist in India, check if they have a bachelors degree in psychology or related field and a masters in counseling/clinical psychology. If you are visiting a fresher, they should also have spent minimum required hours in supervised training. 


3. Confidentiality and Privacy:


Understand the measures the therapist takes to ensure confidentiality. Discuss any exceptions to confidentiality, such as mandated reporting in cases of harm to self or others.


4. Session Frequency and Duration:


Clarify how often sessions are recommended and their duration. This helps in planning and managing your time commitments.


5. Payment and Insurance:


Understand the cost structure and whether the therapist accepts insurance. If they do, inquire about the details of coverage and any out-of-pocket expenses.


6. Cancellation and Rescheduling:


Knowing the therapist's policy for cancellations and rescheduling helps in being prepared for any unforeseen circumstances.


7. Contact Between Sessions:


Clarify the opportunities for communication between sessions, especially in urgent situations. Some therapists may allow brief email check-ins or have scheduled phone calls for such instances.


8. Goal Setting and Progress:

Collaborative Goal Setting: Discuss how therapy goals are set collaboratively. Knowing how progress is measured can give you a sense of direction and achievement.


9. Feedback and Communication:


Understanding how the therapist handles feedback helps in establishing open communication. A therapist who is receptive to feedback can better tailor the therapy to your needs.


10. Boundaries:


Establishing clear professional boundaries ensures a safe and therapeutic environment. It's important to understand how the therapist maintains these boundaries.


11. Cultural Competence:


If you come from a diverse background, ensure the therapist is culturally competent. Discuss how they approach cultural differences in the therapeutic process.


12. Termination of Therapy:


Understand how the therapist approaches the conclusion of therapy. This includes discussing progress, termination plans, and potential follow-up support.


13. Personal Values and Beliefs:


Explore how the therapist manages their own values and beliefs during sessions. This ensures an unbiased and non-judgmental therapeutic environment.


14. Integration of Other Approaches:


If you're considering complementary therapies or have multiple forms of treatment, ensure the therapist is open to collaboration and can coordinate with other healthcare professionals.


15. Education and Informed Consent:


Gain a clear understanding of the therapeutic process and what you can expect. Informed consent ensures that you are aware of the nature and goals of therapy.


If you want to get started with therapy and experience what it is like you can visit www.youremotionalwellbeing.org and start your therapy journey.

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