The 10 Questions You Want to Ask When Looking for a Mental Health Therapist

Updated: Apr 6



Seeking out a therapist can be an overwhelming process at times.

You might ask yourself “how do I even find a therapist?”, and once you’ve found one “how do I know this person is the right fit for me?”.


Most therapists offer some type of consultation prior to starting sessions with them. A consultation is the best opportunity for you and the therapist to ask each other questions to make sure the relationship will work for you.


10 Questions to Ask Before Starting Therapy

  1. How long is a standard session?

  2. What is your fee for a standard session? Do you take insurance?

  3. What age groups do you work with?

  4. Do you provide family or couples counseling?

  5. Do you work with trauma?

  6. What therapies do you specialize in?

  7. Do you see people virtually or in-person?

  8. What does a typical therapy session look like?

  9. Have you helped clients like me before?

  10. How will I/you know that therapy is working?

You can also ask "getting to know you questions" during the consultation. This can help to see if you can relate to the therapist as people. These questions can also be asked as you go through the therapeutic process once you've picked a therapist to work with.


Some questions a therapist might not answer...However, we are opened to hearing what you want to know about us!

  1. Are you married? Do you have children?

  2. Do you have any pets?

  3. What are some of your hobbies or things you like to do to relax?

  4. What's your favorite TV show, movie or book?

  5. Have you been in therapy before?

About the Author

Stephanie Polizzi is a licensed psychotherapist (LMHC) in Scarsdale, NY at Peaceful Living Mental Health Counseling.


Stephanie is an expert in treating teens and adults struggling with anxiety, eating disorders, behavioral challenges, life transitions and trauma.


Stephanie uses a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) & EMDR in her work with clients. ​


Stephanie is available on weekdays, evenings & Saturdays in our Scarsdale office or via Telehealth for video counseling sessions.

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