1. Ask them about their experience with your issue (e.g., depression, anxiety, trauma, relationships, life decision making) but don’t expect them to listen to your whole story right now.
2. Ask them if they have a particular approach, model, style of intervention so you can assess if this is what you want. Sometimes people have an idea or have heard about a particular approach they’d like to explore (e.g., Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT), Psychodealics, Hypnosis, etc). Find out if this therapist has experience with what you are interested in and can do that with you. If you don’t have a pre-conceived idea of what you want that may be helpful to you, listen to the answer the therapist provides and determine if that makes good sense to you.
3. Ask about the therapists availability to see you and if they work in-person or remotely (sometimes called ‘telehealth’, ‘online’ or ‘virtual’ appointments’). Can they see you weekly, biweekly, monthly? You want a therapist who can have routine appointments with you, at least initially.
4. Ask about whether they take your insurance (if you have insurance). This question can be asked of staff instead of taking the therapists time.
5. Ask about what your role is in the therapy process. Yes, you have a responsibility too! Good therapy, especially for depression and anxiety should be active. That means your therapist should be teaching you skills and practicing skills with you, giving you exercises to practice between sessions, giving you homework (things to try, do, read, etc). So, ask them if they do this. It may (or may not) sound like what you want, but it is what you need.