Which Kind of Therapist Would Be Best For You? 9 Mandatory Things to Look For In Your Therapist

Is this the right therapist for you?

Is this the right therapist for you?

Choosing a therapist is not easy. The best thing to do is set up your first meeting or two and see if you have a good fit with the therapist. Do you like her or him?

These are 9 qualities you are looking for in a therapist plus things to ask:

1. They must be licensed by the BBS in California and treat only issues they are qualified to treat.

2. They should be open to questions inquiring about their experience and their orientation towards counseling.

3. Do they seem genuine?

4. Is she/he a good listener?

5. Does he/she have firm boundaries in place for your safety?

6. Do you like a therapist who listens mostly while you talk or one who interjects and gives you tools to use outside of therapy?

7. Is the therapist working towards your goals or their own?

8. Does your therapist force you to talk about things you don’t feel ready or want to talk about?

9. A therapist should not tell you what to do. You must live with the consequences. A therapist should share information but leave the final choice to the patient.

Mostly, trust your gut. If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t right for you. Find another one! There are many to choose from!

 

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About Ilissa Banhazl

Ilissa Banhazl is a licensed marriage and family psychotherapist, former grade school teacher and holds a masters degree in reading. She has a private practice in Glendora, CA and lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and three children. She specializes in adult, adolescent, individual, couple, and family relationship counseling as well as eating disorder treatment and recovery. She facilitates a Women’s Support Group in Glendora as well as a Women’s Disordered Eating & Body Image Group. Ilissa authors 3 therapy blogs, Marriage and Family, Eating Disorders and Group Therapy. You can follow her at FB and Twitter. http://www.ilissabanhazlmft.com or http://www.eatingdisordersgroup.com
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