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Questions a Psychologist Will Ask


I am using these questions when Paul interviews LTCDR Riko McCord on Vanguard. Note: Therapy is the fine art of asking directive questions.

Technique to Instill an Expectation of Improvement

Talk in terms of:

when things improve…
as things start to get better
while you’re recuperating, you’ll also notice…

Ten Questions a Therapist Typically Asks

  • What brings you here?
  • Have you ever worked with a counselor before?
  • What is the problem, from your viewpoint?
  • How does this problem typically make you feel?
  • Overall, how would you describe your mood?
  • What do you expect from the counseling process?
  • How will you know that your counseling has been effective? What do you expect to feel and think then that you do not feel or think now?

Ten Questions to Get to the Root of the Problem

  • How often do you get to meet up with friends? (attention, community)
  • Can you and your partner really talk together? (attention, intimacy)
  • How are you sleeping these days? (mind/body connection)
  • Are you happy with your diet? (mind/body connection)
  • How much exercise are you getting? (mind/body connection)
  • Is there anyone who you feel really understands you and is close to you? (intimacy)
    What choice do you have about what happens in your life? (control, security)
  • Do you have a clear sense of where you want to take things in life? (meaning, purpose)
  • Do you feel excited by things in your life? (challenge, purpose, meaning)
  • What involvement do you have with people around you? (community, status)

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