If you have been feeling as though you are under a lot of stress lately to the point that you know it is affecting your mental health, you may need to seek out help from a mental health therapist.
However, if you have never spoken to a therapist and/or sought out help, you may have misgivings about choosing the right person who will be taking care of your treatment. If so, during the first appointment with the therapist, ask yourself the questions below to help you make a decision.
1. Does the Therapist Make You Feel at Ease While Speaking With Them?
One question you can ask yourself when meeting with a therapist for the first time has to do with how you feel in their presence. Do they make you feel at ease during the initial interview? Do you think that you can easily talk to them about your thoughts and feelings?
A good rapport with your therapist is essential for your treatment. If you feel uncomfortable talking to them, you may not feel as though you can fully open up to discuss issues that are troubling you.
However, if you feel at ease with your therapist, together, you will have an easier time pinpointing problems and coming up with ideas on how to cope with them.
2. Does the Therapist Do a Comprehensive Intake Interview To Make a Personalized Treatment Plan?
Another question you should ask yourself has to do with the intake interview that the therapist performs during your first appointment? Do you feel as though they are asking questions that allow them to get a comprehensive overview of what is troubling you?
The more in-depth the interview, the better the therapist will get to know you and the mental health issues you are facing. They will also come to know more about your personal and professional life as well as your relationships. Doing so will allow them to fully personalize your treatment plan.
When one-on-one therapy is a part of your overall treatment plan, you should feel comfortable enough with your therapist that you can fully discuss your thoughts and feelings. The therapist should also have a complete picture of your mental health so that they can tailor the plan and your sessions for your unique, personal situation. For more information on finding a therapist as well as learning more about various treatment options, speak with someone at a mental health treatment service near you.