Just like when hiring any professional, feel confident that you are allowed to ask questions ahead of time. Most therapists do not have secretaries and you will be speaking to them directly when you make the initial call for an appointment. Try and prepare ahead of time a few things that you feel are important to ask. Specific questions regarding your situation that need a considerable amount of background information should be saved for once you are with the provider. Limit your questions to brief and succinct requests. The therapists’ only commodity is their time so they may not be willing or enthusiastic to get into long discussions before you have even become a client. See the list below for some standard suggestions. When calling RELIEF for information ahead of time, many of these questions have already been asked by RELIEF and the clinician’s qualifications and expertise have been confirmed.
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