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Re: Questions to ask a new therapist

Posted by raisinb on February 7, 2008, at 15:40:54

In reply to Questions to ask a new therapist, posted by Maxime on February 1, 2008, at 17:39:12

I know it's a few days later, but I just sometime to ponder this thread, based on what I wish *I* had asked--for what it's worth :)

How would you approach a client who was experiencing intense positive or negative transference towards you?

Do you ever consult on cases? How do you decide when to do so?

What do you feel your role or responsibility in a session is? What do you feel is the client's job?

How much do you reveal about your personal life and/or feelings?

If we have a disagreement or an impasse, how would you approach it?

What is your policy about phone calls, email, etc.?

Will we set concrete goals, or do you view therapy as more of an open-ended process?

How long can you commit to? Are you planning major leaves, vacations, etc. in the next year?

How long do most of your clients stay with you? How do you think one knows when therapy has reached an "end"?

How often do you typically need to cancel or reschedule sessions?

I don't know if I'd have the cajones to ask a new T all of these things, but I sure wish I'd known the answers--or even that I'd care about the questions--when I started :)

I'm also remembering a passage from In Session--Lott says it's more important to note *how* a T answers tough questions. Is s/he defensive? Unsure? Secretive?




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