Getting Started with a New Therapist

Here are some tips about your first session with a new therapist.

The decision to start therapy can be a turning point. It is not always easy to find a therapist you feel comfortable enough to get started with. Here are some questions to consider as you look for the right fit.

  • Does the therapist have experience with the concerns that I have?
  • It helps to notice how you are feeling when you are speaking with them on the phone, when you review their website and other online profiles.
  • How does the therapist approach their work?
  • Does the therapist have a sense of humor? Are they very serious? What matters to you?
  • Are you looking for a therapist who is just going to listen to you? Someone who will give you assignments? Someone who is actively involved in your sessions?

If you aren’t sure about some of these things after your first interactions, it’s okay. You can ask questions any time during therapy. A solid therapist will welcome your questions.

It is always helpful to remember that you have options and that you can choose to see another therapist if you decide that will work better for you. I recommend that clients talk with their current therapist about their concerns before moving on, if that feels comfortable, because there may be misunderstandings that can help make the experience even more rewarding for you.

 

Author: arrynhawthorne

Psychotherapist, Trainer, Consultant and Writer