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August 23, 2023
5 Key Questions to Ask Your Therapist

Sarah Innes

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Maximize Your Therapy Experience by Asking These 5 Questions

Welcome to your therapy journey! Whether you're starting therapy for the first time or considering a change, you may wonder, what do I ask a therapist? 

The five key questions we will explore will empower you to maximize your therapeutic experience

1. What approach or therapy style do you use?

  • Understanding your therapist's approach will help you align your expectations and goals. Different therapy styles, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, or Mindfulness-Based Therapy, offer various evidence-based benefits. Exploring your therapist's approach ensures that you both are on the same page and can collaborate effectively throughout your sessions.

2. How can therapy help me specifically?

  • Therapy is a highly personalized process, and each individual's needs are unique. Asking your therapist how they can address your specific concerns gives you a clear understanding of the potential benefits. Their answer will also help you gauge their expertise and whether their approach resonates with your needs and values.

3. What are the practicalities of our sessions?

  • Inquire about the session's duration, frequency, and how progress will be assessed. Discuss the cancellation policy and whether your therapist offers remote sessions. Practical details can significantly impact your therapy experience. Knowing these logistical aspects upfront will ensure a smoother therapeutic journey without surprises.

4. How do you handle confidentiality and boundaries?

  • Establishing trust is vital in therapy, and understanding confidentiality measures is essential for a safe and secure environment. Ask your therapist about their confidentiality policies, exceptions to confidentiality (e.g., when there's a risk of harm), and how they handle boundaries in the therapeutic relationship.

5. How can I maximize the benefits of therapy?

  • Therapy extends beyond the confines of the therapy room. Inquire about strategies you can implement outside of sessions to enhance your progress. Your therapist may suggest self-care practices, journaling, or specific exercises to reinforce the work done during therapy.

I hope these five key questions empower you to embark on a transformative therapy journey. Remember, therapy is a collaborative process, and it's essential to feel comfortable and aligned with your therapist's approach. If you're facing specific challenges or seeking specialized support, Shift Collab has a diverse team of expert therapists ready to assist you on your path to emotional well-being. 


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