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Is Your Therapist Helping or Harming You?

One of the main questions you should ask yourself when seeing a therapist is "are they helping you or harming you?" Some people may never know. They think they are getting the help they need however, the therapist is actually not doing them any good. Beatty Cohan, a nationally recognized therapist, has a few tips to help you find the right therapist for you:

  1. Get a referral from someone you trust
  2. Make sure the therapist specializes in you particular problem
  3. Check his/her license
  4. Expect your therapist to ask you some tough questions
  5. After the first couple sessions, ask yourself if you feel comfortable with the new therapist
  6. Does the therapist respect your time?
  7. Is your therapist in contact with your primary doctor?
  8. Ask if any family members will need to participate in your therapy
  9. Your therapist should fully understand your family background
  10. On-going evaluations are important, to make sure the therapy is helping
  11. Successful therapy also depends on how much time you are willing to put in
  12. Know that the question of medication will come up

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Chris Massman is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Agoura Hills, CA. She graduated Phillips Graduate Institute with a Master of Arts in Psychology in 2014 and received her Chemical Dependency Specialty in 2014. Today, she practices Congnitive-behavioral therapy to help individuals, couples, and families identify and overcome a variety of unique challenges.