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Before you schedule that first appointment, you may want to research and ask about a potential therapist's:

  • Treatment approach and philosophy
  • Specialization by age group or particular disorder
  • Education, years in practice, licenses, and professional associations
  • Fees, lengths of sessions, insurance coverage, policies around missed appointments, and office hours
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From: Doctors Who Treat Mental Illness WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 07, 2017
Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 07, 2017

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