You can feel pretty vulnerable when you talk to a therapist. Think about it – you are telling them your deepest thoughts and you are not sure what they are thinking! You might not know what a therapist is supposed to do or act like if you’ve never seen one before. So how do you know if things are going well in therapy?
Here are some suggestions we have!
- Do I think therapy will help me?
- What do I expect out of my therapist?
Ask your parent:
- Are you willing to participate in therapy together or alone for you if needed?
- What do you expect out of me for therapy?
- What do you expect out of my therapist?
Discuss your answers to the above questions with your therapist and your parent so you can have a clear idea if what you think will happen is what will happen.
As you get to know your therapist, ask yourself these questions:
- Do I feel accepted?
- Is my therapist caring?
- Does my therapist explain things clearly?
- If my therapist and I disagree, can we have a productive conversation about it?
- Does my therapist recognize if there is a problem and addresses it instead of avoiding it?
After you’ve gotten to know your therapist, ask yourself:
- Does my therapist have a good relationship with me?
- Do we get along?
- Do we agree on the goals of what I am going to get from my treatment?
- Does my therapist get along with my parent?
- Does my therapist agree with my parent on the goals of my treatment?