So, you realized that you have some personal concerns that requires attention and you are ready to get some help. Ok great, but how are you going to find a therapist? How are you going to select the right therapist for you? All of the sudden, your mind is at a stand still. Well this article can help you have to navigate the right therapist for you.
It’s important to understand that all therapists are not built the same. Many therapists have different specialties in their services. For example, if you had a recent death in your family, a therapist who specialize in grief/bereavement counseling can be the best pick. I work with women empowerment, adults with workplace issues, and adults with chronic illnesses in my practice. Most of my clients who see often fall into those areas. What ever the concerns that you want to address, a therapist who holds that speciality is your best bet. Some people have their own preferences in who they want to speak to. Gender, religion, ethnicity, location, etc can be a deal breaker for people who are looking for a therapist.
So what are some things to keep in mind when seeking a therapist? Here’s a quick check list to review:
- Schedule- It always helps to meet a therapist with flexible or accommodating hours.
- Payment- Are you paying out of pocket or insurance? Be sure to check your insurance coverage for in network and out of network therapists.
- Word of Mouth- Your friends, relatives, medical doctor, teacher, attorney, etc can be a good resource for your search.
- Location- Do you prefer a therapist near your home or work, or are you willing to travel few extra miles. Make sure public transportation is available.
- Credentials/Experience- Is the therapist qualified to do the counseling you need? Ask a lot questions during your phone consultation with the therapist.
The most important thing to remember is that there has to be a good working connection between you and the therapist. Your therapist can support to guide you as you are making changes in your life but provide unbiased, supportive feedback. However, most of the work is done by the client who is receiving the counseling. Go ahead and make that personal change!