“Can I ask therapist questions?” is a common inquiry among therapists and their patients. One of the biggest challenges for therapists is explaining the difference between counseling and therapy. Although counseling can help a person learn how to handle his or her stress, the goal of therapy is to address the underlying cause of the stress, not just the symptoms. Often, people have a number of social, environmental, emotional, or psychological factors that contribute to their stress levels, and identifying and dealing with them may be an important part of their recovery.
If a client is seeking a psychotherapist, the first step is usually talking with the therapist about the possible treatment plan. Once this has been determined, the next question most clients ask is, “Can I ask therapist questions?” Many therapists explain that although they can answer some basic questions, such as whether or not therapy is a good option for their situation, they cannot answer more personal or more detailed questions such as, “How was your work/family/life experience before you met Dr. X?” Even though some people have had successful therapy experiences, it’s also true that many people find themselves in situations where they feel like they’re at a loss for words, or that no one understands them or wants to listen to them.
So, what do you do if you need to ask a question during your first therapy session? Depending on the therapist and the personality of your particular client, there are several different strategies you can use to ask questions. If the therapist is a talkative person who is reserved and quiet around the patient, then one approach is to simply repeat the question that you were asked during the screening process. For example, if your therapist asked you, “How do you cope with your anxiety?” and you answered, “I talk about my feelings when I face my fears,” then simply repeating that question will not only make you feel more comfortable during the first therapy session, but it will also allow you to familiarize yourself with how you might answer similar questions during future encounters.
Some therapists encourage clients to share personal stories during group therapy. However, this is not always a good strategy. While it’s certainly appropriate to share personal stories during group therapy, what you may want to consider is developing your own personal narrative. One way to develop your own story is to actually ask yourself the following question during the first therapy session: “What questions do therapists ask?”
Although asking the question “what questions do therapists ask?” is perfectly acceptable, it’s not something you should expect your therapist to automatically know. Your therapist is going to want to get to know you, so they are likely to be cautious when it comes to sharing personal information. Because of this, it’s not something you should try to bring up yourself, but instead you should simply “ask” your therapist questions that you think are relevant.
When I was in graduate school, I spent three years at a prestigious university. During my last year there, I had an internship at a very famous law firm. As a result of my internship, I was able to spend several evenings each week talking to my primary law professor. During this time I sat down with him to talk about various cases that he had handled, as well as to socialize and network. During this time I learned a tremendous amount about law, as well as social settings and psychology.
I can’t tell you how many times I have used this technique in practice. The reason I can’t give you advice on what questions to ask before starting a therapy is because every person is different. What works for one person may not work for another. It’s okay if you don’t know what questions to ask before you begin therapy, as long as you are comfortable asking them. Some of the common questions that clients ask their therapists are:
Can I ask therapist questions? -The above are just a few examples of the types of questions that people typically ask their therapists. In order to really explore your possibilities and learn more, it is important that you are comfortable expressing your wants and needs in a trusting, open, non-judgmental way.