Have you ever thought about what questions you would have to ask a potential therapist or professional psychologist?
Therapy to improve our mental health is a professional procedure to help people facing difficult moments in their lives.
When the process is done well, patients can experience renewed feelings that benefit them personally and socially.
However, to achieve the success of the therapies it is necessary the active participation of the patient, for which he/she should be prepared with some questions for his/her therapist that will allow him/her to have an understanding of the panorama.
Recommendations of what questions to ask your therapist
1. What methodology does he/she use?
For example, if the process that the therapist will use is based on the emotional interpretation that one makes of each situation, of our reactions and emotions or if, on the contrary, he/she looks for the origin of our problems in the past. This differentiation will allow you to focus on the sessions.
2. Will it work?
No therapist can assure us that the process will work; however, asking this question will allow you to know which method he/she will use.
But something vital for the therapy to work: the “feeling” is fundamental and the person we have in front of us must give us credibility and confidence in the emotions that he/she transmits.
This is a service that may seem expensive, but betting on something low-cost is not the best recommendation in mental health issues, and in such sensitive issues it is better not to risk.
4. How do I know the therapy is working?
Ask if you have tools that allow you to measure your evolution and check if the therapy is being positive.
In general, experienced therapists mention them beforehand, and in this way we can confirm that this person wants to do a therapy that works and can solve your problems.
5. Can I relapse after therapy?
It is always a risk, but if the therapist has done a good job, in a few sessions you can get back on track if you relapse.
Your therapist should be clear about how he or she is going to work on your problems and give you the tools so that you can find your own way and improve if it happens to you again.
In the end, all the questions are directed to the same thing: to see that the person you have in front of you is a professional and that within the many techniques he/she has some fixed tools and knows how to use them.
In short, that you like their methods and that they give you a good impression, so you will trust them enough to open up and improve your mental health.
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