Questions to ask when you are deciding on a counselor or therapist

  • Be sure to ask any questions that are important to you such as:
    • What is your training and experience?
    • Have you treated many people with this type of problem?
    • What treatment approaches do you use and how do they work?
    • Is there a charge for the service?  If there is, what is the fee and how do I pay?
  • Having a good “fit” with your therapist is key to successful therapy.
  • It’s important that you feel safe, supported, and can honestly share your thoughts and feelings.
  • It’s okay to review your choices and look into alternatives to find the right person.
  • Consider creating a list of questions to ask counselors or therapists over the phone before making a first appointment.

Please See:

What to expect during counseling or therapy

What are the results over time?

What happens when counseling is completed?

What are the risks of therapy?

Who provides therapy or counseling?

How much does therapy or counseling cost?

Combining medication and therapy

Download: Fact Sheet: Questions to ask when you are deciding on a therapist on our Fact Sheets web page.