Choosing a Therapist

There are many different therapists and types of therapists.  You may find that it’s challenging to know who may be a good match for you. It’s important for you to feel comfortable with your psychologist or potential psychologist to ask questions that will help the process of determining if you are good fit together. Some questions you may consider are:

  • Do I feel respected by this therapist?
  • Does this therapist have a warm and approachable demeanor yet can challenge me when necessary?
  • Does this therapist have experience working with people who have dealt with the issue(s) I’m dealing with that brought me to therapy?
  • What is the therapeutic approach used?
  • What type of education does this therapist have?

Know that it is your right to feel comfortable and safe with a  therapist before making a decision about working with them.  The most important factor in determining if a therapist is right for you is to sense how you feel in the room with her or him. This may take a few sessions to determine, which is why it is important to consider the first 3-5 sessions as consultations determining a fit together. As most initial consultation sessions are working sessions, there is still a charge. However, if finances are a concern for you, ask if the therapist you want to meet with offers any sliding scale options. Typically you are required to provide hard copies of financial documentation of income  as part of the sliding scale determination process.

The American Psychological Association (APA) has a helpful page that may be useful when making your decision. Please consult here for more information.

 
 
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It is a process to find a clinician who is a good fit for you. The best way to learn how you will work together is to meet in person. I invite you to schedule an initial consultation.  415.286.5014
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Denise Renye, M.Ed, M.A., PsyD ~ Licensed Psychologist  PSY28096 
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