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I have often heard people share - "how do I find myself the right psychotherapist?" or "What do I ask in my first session?"

Here are a few things you might want to check before booking yourself for a psychotherapy session and information you might want to know.

  1. Check for Qualifications - If you want to seek support, please consult a Clinical Psychologist. In India, a Clinical Psychologist is a registered psychotherapist with the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) who has obtained an M.Phil in Clinical Psychology. For medical treatment, you can consult a Psychiatrist (who has pursued MBBS).

  2. Read about them and their work - You can always check the professional profiles and affiliations of your psychotherapist. Read about the publications and research interest, authored book, written in a magazine. All of this will help you identify areas of their interest.

  3. Ask about their experience - You can always read and ask your psychotherapist about their previous experience with a particular diagnosis, specific symptoms, and situations. It will help you seek assurance and trust in them.

  4. Enquire about the training - Check with your psychotherapist about the psychological paradigm - What psychotherapy interventions are they trained in and use? Read about that intervention and become informed.

  5. Ask for Supervision & Referral - As medical doctors have a team of doctors in a hospital, psychotherapists use a similar concept. A supervisor facilitates the psychotherapy sessions of a psychotherapist like a mentor. Feel free to ask your therapist if they provide referrals as and when need be.

  6. Check for ER and availability - It is good to note your psychotherapist's availability and working hours. If you have or know someone who has experienced emergencies, then ask for the protocol in advance.

  7. Confidentiality - You should be psycho-educated or informed about the confidentiality clause in psychotherapy. However, ask questions and throw situations at them to allow you to feel safe in the therapeutic setting.

These are a few suggestions. Please note, psychotherapists have unique ways of working. The sessions are structured and goal-oriented. Still, give yourself and your new therapist some time before you begin to find a new one!

There is no right or wrong psychotherapist. They all create their way of working!

Acceptance is empowering and liberating.



Acceptance isn’t linear, it’s radical.

Acceptance is being mindful. Mindful of your emotions, reactions, and thoughts. Mindful that you acknowledge your illness, imperfections, and mistakes. Mindful that you take responsibility of yourself.



Acceptance isn’t a miracle or magic wand. Acceptance is promoting yourself every day and accepting the not-so good days.

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