Choosing a therapist can be a daunting task, especially when you're already struggling with mental health concerns. How do you find a therapist who is a good fit? This blog will give you four tips to help you find the therapist that's right for you.
Think about the way you'd like to receive therapy.
Would you like to see your therapist in person, over the phone, or via video? Would you prefer to chat one-on-one, or in a group setting? Perhaps you'd like to see a therapist who offers couples counseling so you can attend with your partner. You may even want to see a therapist who can offer family counseling.
Interview your prospects.
Did you know you can "shop" for therapists? You can use psychologytoday.com to search for therapists by specialization, and location, or to find out if they may be covered by your insurance. Reach out via email or phone call to find out more about how each therapist conducts their sessions.
Give it time.
It can take a few sessions to build a relationship of trust with a new therapist. It's important you feel safe and comfortable so you can speak freely about your life without judgment. Be patient with yourself and with your therapist, and listen to your gut. If this therapist doesn't feel like the right one for you, they probably aren't--which leads to the final tip:
Don't be afraid to fire your therapist.
Remember, your therapist works for you. Don't worry about hurting your therapist's feelings, or trying to slog through a session if you just don't feel the two of you are clicking. Be honest with your therapist about how you feel. In the end, your therapist wants the best for you, no matter where you find it.