7 things to consider when choosing a therapist

When deciding to begin therapy, I always recommend that people "therapist shop" -- have an introductory session or at least a phone call with several therapists before deciding which one they want to try long-term.

Many therapists offer free consultations, and even if not, you can always ask at least a few questions over the phone before scheduling the first session. It's hard enough to make the courageous choice to see a therapist, and even harder to find one you like. To help with the process, here are 7 things to keep in mind when "shopping."

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