Choosing a Therapist

The first thing that is important to know is that therapy is based on a collaborative relationship between the therapist and the client. A good “fit” is dependent on a lot of factors. I encourage you to be a proactive and informed consumer. You may want to “shop around” a little by setting up first appointments with a few different therapists to see which seems like the best fit for you.

Some things you may want to consider when choosing a therapist are:

  • Your reasons for seeking therapy and whether the therapist has experience in helping people who are dealing with concerns similar to yours
  • Location
  • Scheduling/availability
  • Therapist  identities that may be similar or different to you (e.g., age, gender)
  • Fee: whether you need the therapist to be an in-network provider for your insurance or if you can afford to pay out-of-pocket or pay upfront and submit superbills for insurance reimbursement
  • Therapist theoretical orientation or approach

While I encourage you to consider a number of factors, ultimately I believe it is best to trust your gut when you first speak to the potential therapist. Remember that you will be building a relationship based on safety and trust with this person, so your first impression or phonecall may offer useful information about whether this feels possible with this particular therapist.