Questions to Ask When Choosing a Mental Health Care Provider and Doctor
Medical Author: Melissa Stoppler, M.D.
Choosing a mental health provider or therapist is different from choosing a physician for treatment of physical ailments. When people look for a doctor, especially for treatment of a specific condition, one most often seeks a physician who has excellent credentials and experience in the necessary field. The personality characteristics of the doctor and his/her communication style, while not unimportant, generally play a secondary role in the choice.
Unlike most physician visits, mental health care can involve many hours of one-on-one communication with your therapist and perhaps an ongoing relationship over time. Therefore, choosing a mental health care provider involves a frank assessment of the therapist's personal and interaction style and how these match with your own personality and needs, in addition to an evaluation of the provider's clinical competence and reputation.
Before you begin selecting a therapist, ask yourself the following questions:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/9/2014
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