Research shows the client-therapist relationship is among the most important considerations in predicting a successful therapeutic outcome.
Before scheduling an appointment, I believe you need to get to know the person you’re going to work with. As a first step before any formal sessions, I like to meet at a coffee shop or get acquainted on the phone to get a feel for whether we’ll make a good match.
In my experience, these early conversations allow a potential client a chance to determine if I’m someone they can connect with and trust, while giving me an opportunity to see if my therapeutic approach is right for the client.
After meeting if we decide we’d like to foster a relationship we can go from there. If not, I may be able to recommend another psychologist or offer some additional suggestions for therapy.