- Is their education level important to me?
- How long do I want to be in therapy? Do I want to take my time dealing with this issue and my past, or would I like to focus on the present and find a solution fairly quickly?
- Am I comfortable with this person's personality? Do I feel at ease with them and do I feel accepted and respected by them?
- What is their therapy style and is that going to be a good fit for me?
- What experience do they have with the issue that I am going to them with?
Ultimately, make sure that you are comfortable with the person that you decide to see so that you will be able to open up to them about personal concerns and feel that you can trust them. It is a lot easier to determine which therapist is going to be the best fit for you if you go on your gut instinct and level of comfort, rather than just by what degree or license they possess. If you are feeling uncomfortable with something, the best way to approach the situation is usually to discuss your concerns with your therapist before making a determination that you want to switch therapists, but it is your right to do so. Good luck with your search!