I like Lilly Hope Lucario, she is a fellow blogger that puts information out there to get you to think, feel and take care of yourself.
She makes a list of questions to ask a potential therapist if you are dealing with complex PTSD. To me her suggestions are good ones.
When I started counseling I didn't know what I was dealing with. I knew I couldn't express how I felt so I looked for someone that taught communication skills. I didn't know what to say to begin with. I knew I couldn't keep going how I was but I didn't have a clue what I needed from a counselor. I did make a list of questions. Some I learned as I went. If I were to look for a counselor again these are some of the things I would ask about.
1. What are your views of religion and healing?
2. May I email you with questions during the week?
3. If I feel like I am falling apart between sessions, what are my options?
4. What is your basic philosophy of the healing process?
5. May I bring someone with me?
My list could continue. Which ever questions are asked I would make a written list and take notes while I was there. I would look up their web page and any other information that can be found online. I would also say that if their looks or mannerisms are triggering I would listen to that early warning system of hyper-vigilant. I notice that several of counselors I worked with had a fairly extensive in-take application. It only makes sense to interview the counselor as carefully as they do me. From time to time I look up counselors. Then I remind myself that I worked a long way through and I now have more skills and a broader understanding how to live. The more I learn about counselors, the more I realize how fortunate I was with my first one.
|Office of my first counselor except the puzzle pieces, I brought those in.|