So here is my list so far of things to ask the new "potential" therapist. What can you add?
I have bipolar disorder and I dealwith a lot of depression, suicidal thoughts and impulses, feelings of worthlessnes and hoplesness and also anxiety being alone or in groups. How would you go about treating these? Would you focus on the immediate problem or the deeper issues?
How much experience do you have working with suicidal patients and patients with bipolar?
How often would you anticipate seeing me per month? Overall?
How do you set up counseling goals? What are they like? What is success for you?
What is typical session like? How long are the sessions?
Do you tend to lead session or follow my lead? DO you have a plan and stick too it or are you flexable?
I was very attached to my former therapist. I understand that transferance does have a role in therapy. How do you handle it?
What are your strengths as a therapist? Your limitations?
What is your general philosophy and approach to helping? Are you more directive or more guiding?
Describe your ideal patient?
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