TMatch - Client Preference for Therapist Demographics
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Client Preference for Therapist Religion or Spirituality

In the boxes below, check your preferences, if any, for your ideal therapist. For
most traits, you may check more than one preference. Then if you have checked
something besides "I don't care," indicate the importance to you of your choice."

Religious Background

I don't care
Moslem
None
Jewish
Catholic
Buddhist
Protestant
Hindu
Other established religion
Other spiritual practice
Extremely Important
Very Important
Somewhat Important
Not Very Important

Current Religious Practice

I don't care
Moslem
None
Jewish
Catholic
Buddhist
Protestant
Hindu
Other established religion
Other spiritual practice
Extremely Important
Very Important
Somewhat Important
Not Very Important

Importance of religion or
spirituality in therapist's life

I don't care
Not very important
Somewhat important
Very important
Extremely important
Extremely Important
Very Important
Somewhat Important
Not Very Important

Therapist's minimum level of
religious or spiritual expertise

I don't care
Expert
Fairly advanced
Some knowledge
Beginner
Extremely Important
Very Important
Somewhat Important
Not Very Important

How This Assessment was Created

These questions were for assessing clients on their preferences for these areas of religion or spirituality in their therapists. They were part of the client questionnaire in TMatch. Therapists were asked equivalent questions in the therapist questionnaire, or course without the questions about the importance of the preferences. Clients were then matched to therapists based on the degree to which their preferences matched the therapists self-assessments. Although there were predictions that therapists would not be willing to answer these questions, there wasn't a single therapist in the study who expressed the slightest amount of reluctance to answer any of these questions.