4 Things To Look Out For In A New Therapist

Not all therapists are alike. It's important to ask your therapist some questions to see if he is a good fit for you.

Lea Abelson
Created by Lea Abelson
On Mar 16, 2022
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There's nothing worse than going to a therapist that you just don't gel with. It can cause frustrations and upsets that are totally avoidable if you know what to look out for.

The purpose of the first appointment is often to see if your therapist is a good fit for you. Use this appointment to not only get to know your therapist but to assess for yourself if it's a good fit.

Here are some things to look out for when deciding on a new therapist, as well as some questions to ask in order to get a better sense of what will work for you.


What Is Their Approach?


What Is Their Personality Like?

What is your main concern entering therapy?

How long have you been struggling?

What is your goal in therapy?

How often do you feel severe anxiety?

How often do you feel depression?

If you had a panic attack, would you know what to do?

Choose a color:

Have you tried any of these therapies in the past?

What is your greatest fear with therapy?

What do you need most right now?

You should try...EMDR!

You should try...EMDR!

EMDR therapy is known to be therapy for people who have to o much therapy and are thinking too much about their problems. Often trauma will get stuck in our central nervous system. EMDR helps to process, release and heal the body and mind from traumatic experiences.

You should try...Relational Therapy!

You should try...Relational Therapy!

Relational Therapy is a type of talk therapy that is heavily based on conversational. The therapist acts as a friend to the patient and provides a safe space to discuss what is bothering them.

You should try...CBT!

You should try...CBT!

CBT is a type of therapy that is often taught to the patient by the therapist through a series of workshops. It is a tool that can be used to analyze anxious thoughts and put them on trial so to speak. It is effective for those with anxiety, depression and other mental health struggles.

Which Therapy Approach Is Best For You?

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What is your main concern entering therapy?


Are they qualified to work with issues like yours?


Do they have enough availability?

Be direct with your needs and questions when you meet your therapist for the first time. Most therapists will welcome any and every question with open arms, and if they don't, maybe they aren't the right one for you.

You can also read reviews on Yelp or Google to see how other people have fared with your therapist of choice. But always remember to trust your gut, because you are the one investing time and money into therapy.

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