How to Find the Right Therapist

How to Find the Right Therapist

It’s late. You can’t sleep. Something has to change! You decide to call a therapist tomorrow. As you fall fitfully asleep, you wonder how to find just the right person to help you.

Finding the right therapist doesn’t have to be terrifying. Here are the dos and don’ts:

DO:
Ask people you already trust
for recommendations.

  • Friend Referral – Friends share your life and know what you expect. Ask your friends who has helped them and they may know the exact person to help you.
  • Professional Referral – Your doctors, teachers and pastors have more contact with therapists than you do. They know reputations and what might work in your situation.

Read a blog, an article, or watch a YouTube video on the type of treatment you want. You’ll learn a lot, and may find the expert you’re looking for.

Look at professional profiles. LinkedIn, Psychology Today, and counselors’ websites contain pictures, information about their practice and experience that can be helpful in determining a good fit.

DON’T:
Ask your insurance for a list. Unless you can’t pay out of pocket, you do not want to pick your therapist based on their ability to fill out paperwork.

Focus on cost. Many therapists can and will work with you on cost, particularly if you are highly motivated and in their niche.

Continue going to someone you don’t feel connected to. Therapy is a relationship and if you aren’t connecting, talk to the therapist about how you feel and look further.


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