From time to time, my office has received inquiries from potential clients seeking to speak with me in person prior to making their first appointment. Apparently, some web sites and other well meaning resources have advised that one of the best ways to find a good therapist is to call and speak to each therapist prior to making an appointment.

Because seeing a therapist is an investment in your time and resources, I have some sympathy for wanting to speak with a therapist prior to making an appointment. Unfortunately, I do not believe that phone interviews of this sort are the best way to evaluate whether you can develop a therapeutic relationship with any therapist.

I recommend that you meet a therapist that you are considering for treatment for at least three sessions to assess whether you and the therapist have a comfort level with each other, a clear understanding of the reasons why you are seeking therapy, and a common understanding on the methods that will be used to address any problems that you may be having. I do not believe that you will be able to achieve that in a 15 minute phone call.