It's important to find a therapist you feel comfortable working with. With this is mind, here are a few good questions to ask:
- Is the therapist registered with the College of Psychotherapists?
- How long have they been practicing?
- Have they worked with issues like mine in the past? How do they approach this kind of issue?
- Do they have appointment times available that will work with my schedule?
- Is their fee manageable for me at this time?
- Do they offer a free consultation?
Questions you might ask in the first appointment:
- How do I feel in this person's presence?
- Am I treated with respect and consideration?
- Do I feel the therapist understands the problem I'm facing?
- Does the therapist communicate clearly with me?
- Are they comfortable answering my questions?
- Do I feel there is a good rapport between me and this therapist?
Good therapy can feel uncomfortable and difficult at times. However, if there is something about the therapist that makes you feel uncomfortable, take your time to consider your response. You might address your concerns with the therapist and see if they respond in a manner that puts you at ease. If you are still unsure, consider meeting more than one therapist before deciding who you want to work with, so you can compare and evaluate. A strong working alliance between therapist and client is an important factor in a successful therapy.
Issues I Work With:
- Difficulty saying no
- Relationship difficulties
- Recovering from toxic relationships
- Low self-esteem
- Social Anxiety
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Sexual Abuse
- Childhood Abuse
- Couples counselling
Psychotherapy and Counselling in Mississauga and Toronto.