When choosing a therapist consider the following issues:
- Goodness of Fit – Is the therapist easy to talk to? Do you feel heard and understood? Research has proven the fit between the therapist and the client is the single most important contributor to a successful outcome.
- General Philosophy – Is the therapist’s philosophy one that makes sense to you? Can they explain how they believe change occurs for clients and how they approach the client relationship?
- Define How They Will Help You – Can the therapist explain what you can expect from them and the counseling process? Are they able to provide a roadmap for therapy?
- Adhere to Ethical Practices – Every therapist has a Code of Ethics to which they must comply. Does the therapist adhere to the restrictions on issues such as dual relationships, boundaries and confidentiality?
- Experience With Your Issue – Therapists should not treat clients who are outside of their scope of practice and experience. Has the therapist worked with other clients with issues similar to yours?
- Licensure – Is the therapist appropriately licensed? In Texas all therapists/social workers/psychologists/psychiatrists must have a current license with the appropriate licensing board.
- Complaints – Is the therapist competent and ethical? Do they have any complaints with their licensing board?