This is a common and reasonable question. As you are in the process of deciding to work with a therapist, try to consider what concerns you’ll want addressed in therapy. Sometimes concerns are related to emotional states (sadness, emptiness, stress), other times concerns can be circumstantial (a recent break-up, family conflict, loss of a job), and often times it’s a combination of things. Don’t worry if it seems difficult to clearly define all your therapeutic concerns at this point, just try to get a general sense of what seems dissatisfying to you right now. Then make some phone calls to prospective therapists to determine if any of them feel like a “good fit” for you. Trust your instincts through this process, and be patient. Give yourself permission to ask questions and to share your concerns openly. When discussing the details of an initial appointment the therapist should clearly communicate fees, cancellation policies and intake procedures (which usually involves a very small amount of paperwork). Initial appointments usually take place as a face-to-face meeting at the therapist’s office, and are about 50 minutes in length. During the initial therapy appointment, a conversation between you and the therapist will unfold, and considerations will be made on how the therapy should proceed forward. Remember, this is a collaborative process between you and your therapist.