Choosing A Therapist
While the therapist’s education, training and experience are important, your relationship with the therapist turns out to be the key factor in how effective the therapy is. When a person experiences their therapist as supportive, accepting and respectful, therapy is likely to be successful.
I encourage you to contact several therapists and to trust your intuitive reactions. Did you find the therapist easy to talk to? Did you understand them? Did they listen to you? Did they give clear answers and directions? Did you experience a beginning sense of safety and trust?
If the initial phone call goes well, set a first appointment. This will give you a chance to learn more about the therapist and how they work, and will also let the therapist learn more about you. If you are still not sure whether that is the right therapist for you, schedule a second session. Keep in mind that relationships grow and change over time.
I invite you to contact me so that I can tell you more about my practice and so that you can begin to get a sense of what it would be like to work with me.
Anne Montagna, M.A.
Counseling for adults and couples.