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This one's for everybody, so please share your two cents with us!

Are you currently seeing a therpist? Have you ever seen a therapist? Are you looking for a therapist? Do you wish you could see a therapist?

What is the number one characteristic you look for in a therapist?

If you currently have a therapist, how did you choose him or her?

Do you prefer one gender of therapist over another? If so, why?

Would you refer a friend or family member to your current therapist?

Would you choose a therapist on the recommendation of a friend?

How long did it take to get an initial appointment?

How often do you see him or her?

How long have you been with your current therapist?

Is there anything you think others should know if they asked your opinion about going into therapy?

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Are you currently seeing a therpist? Have you ever seen a therapist? Are you looking for a therapist? Do you wish you could see a therapist?

What is the number one characteristic you look for in a therapist?I have a couple, actually! First is I would want someone who is a Christian since I am and I feel like they would understand some of my reactions and concerns, especially those which are based in my faith. Also, I need someone who does not practice cookie cutter therapy! I rebel very quickly against that! Finally, I would look for someone who has experience in dealing with the combined diagnoses of anxiety disorder and major depression.

If you currently have a therapist, how did you choose him or her? A friend who is a SS worker looked at the list of Ts on my insurance plan. She asked around to see who matched my preferences and then recommended my current T.

Do you prefer one gender of therapist over another? If so, why? Except when inpatient, I have always used female Ts. I just feel more comfortable discussing personal issues with another female.

Would you refer a friend or family member to your current therapist? Yes and no. Yes, I would because I do believe she is good at what she does and is genuine. But, probably not while I was still her patient as I would feel kinda weird about it.

Would you choose a therapist on the recommendation of a friend? Yes, I did, in fact!

How long did it take to get an initial appointment? About a week or two.

How often do you see him or her? I was seeing her every week but my copay went up in January so now I see her every other week.

How long have you been with your current therapist? Since June or July of last year.

Is there anything you think others should know if they asked your opinion about going into therapy? I would tell him/her that you will only get out of therapy what you put into it, so be prepared to be transparent. I would also say to choose the right T for themself, even if it means interviewing several.

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Are you currently seeing a therpist? noHave you ever seen a therapist? yesAre you looking for a therapist?yes Do you wish you could see a therapist?

very much so

What is the number one characteristic you look for in a therapist?non-judgmental

If you currently have a therapist, how did you choose him or her?don't have one

Do you prefer one gender of therapist over another? If so, why?no preference. initially, I thought I would want a woman, but when I did see one in the past, I saw a man and it was not all that bad.

Would you refer a friend or family member to your current therapist?

Would you choose a therapist on the recommendation of a friend?no

How long did it take to get an initial appointment?

How often do you see him or her?i saw my last therapist about 7 months

How long have you been with your current therapist?

Is there anything you think others should know if they asked your opinion about going into therapy? do the work. DON"T miss appointments

It was very difficult for me to seek help. When I finally did it was such a relief to have someone to talk to. the meds helped. the therapy helped. I self sabotage and missed two appointments and the therapist let me go. I never looked for another....

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Are you currently seeing a therpist? Have you ever seen a therapist? Are you looking for a therapist? Do you wish you could see a therapist?

yes, I see a therapist.

What is the number one characteristic you look for in a therapist?

that he is easy to talk to

If you currently have a therapist, how did you choose him or her?

the psychatrist recommended him

Do you prefer one gender of therapist over another? If so, why?

no , however, sometimes it can make a difference

Would you refer a friend or family member to your current therapist?

yes

Would you choose a therapist on the recommendation of a friend?

no

How long did it take to get an initial appointment?

the same day

How often do you see him or her?

once a week

How long have you been with your current therapist?

three years

Is there anything you think others should know if they asked your

opinion about going into therapy?

just to be honest about what you talk about. Remember it takes a

while to feel comfortable about talking in therapy.

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Are you currently seeing a therpist? Have you ever seen a therapist? Are you looking for a therapist? Do you wish you could see a therapist?

Yes. Yes. No. No.

What is the number one characteristic you look for in a therapist?

Authenticity

If you currently have a therapist, how did you choose him or her?

Referral & credentials.

Do you prefer one gender of therapist over another? If so, why?

Difficult questions.

Would you refer a friend or family member to your current therapist?

No.

Would you choose a therapist on the recommendation of a friend?

No.

How long did it take to get an initial appointment?

Less than a week

How often do you see him or her?

1 x a week, sometimes 2 x's a week

How long have you been with your current therapist?

10 months

Is there anything you think others should know if they asked your

opinion about going into therapy?

To find the therapist that is most comfortable for them.

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