Questions To Ask Your New Santa Fe Therapist
You’re thinking of working with a new therapist, someone you don’t know and maybe don’t want to offend or disrespect.
Santa Fe is a special place, and it attracts a lot of really interesting people, many who are experts in their fields. We’re blessed to have so many talented, experienced people who work here.
But, oh my gosh! Too many experts might leave you feeling confused, even overwhelmed, about what to ask before you choose someone.
What should you ask? What’s appropriate? Is there anything you shouldn’t ask? What if the person gets offended by something?
If you’re a little bit sensitive, you might be worried that you’ll ask the wrong thing. If you’re shy about reaching out, you can skip over asking something that’s important to you because you don’t want to upset anyone.
Because I love helping people get what they want and need, I’m hoping this information will help you feel confident about asking anything you’re curious about.
What education/training/experience do you have working with my problem?
All licensed psychotherapists are trained in a wide variety of mental health issues, such as disordered eating, personality disorders, and other chronic, sometimes severe mental illness. That doesn’t mean, however, that every therapist has the specialized training for your specific circumstances and needs.
For instance, yes, I’m trained generally to provide therapeutic interventions for disordered eating. But I always refer out to a colleague I know and trust to have the ongoing, advanced training necessary to successfully work with this issue.
When a therapist can acknowledge the areas they’re good with, and the areas that someone else might be a better fit with xxxxxxx
How would you describe your ideal client?
Why are you a counselor?
You can learn a lot from the answer. Many therapists have had challenging life experiences that lead them to wanting to help others. Not that you want to hear someone’s personal life story; in fact, you don’t — that’s not appropriate. But hearing a counselor’s why can help you figure out if it’s helpful to you.
Do you take insurance? How do you handle payment?
Insider Tips For Interviewing a Potential Therapist
There’s no such thing as a wrong question, or opinion. This is all about you, which might be unfamiliar territory for you. Be brave, though … it’s how you’ll find a good counselor.
Therapists and life coaches are just people who want to help others live good lives, full of happiness and wellbeing. If you talk to someone who’s a little scary or rigid, or not very empathetic, keep looking.
It’s OK to be honest, even though it’s with a complete stranger. I know, weird, right? But you’ll find the right therapist for you by being honest. Remember, you’ve got nothing to lose, and everything to gain.
A good therapist will understand that you feel uncomfortable. Because, it’s weird (it’s also wonderful with the right therapist; it’s how you’ll make long-lasting changes, be successful in your goals, and how the magic happens). Did you get the feeling s/he understood your discomfort? If not, try another one.