Therapy is a place where you can open your life to a stranger whose role is to help you come to terms with, evaluate, and change how you understand yourself and how you live. Therapy can begin a profound process of change fundamentally linked to your identity or it can simply be a way to assist your adjustment and adaptation to life’s challenges. The aim of this guide is to provide you with some preparatory information to help select and optimally engage in counselling or psychotherapy. I won’t be providing a set of therapist selection criteria based on your particular mental health diagnosis (if you have one) or problems in living. Rather, I will draw on contemporary evidence to guide you toward choosing a therapist with the style and approach that is most likely to lead to the outcomes you want.