Are you thinking about how to find a therapist? Deciding to see a therapist is a hard enough choice. Determining who you will see may feel like another mountain to climb. If you have never seen a therapist, it may be helpful to have a few pointers about what to look for.
When you are choosing to allow someone into the most personal parts of your heart and mind, it is certainly worth taking the time to research who will be the best fit.
Keep in mind that while you want to select a skilled therapist, you are actually the greatest influence over the process. Your willingness and effort will be the determining factors when measuring progress in therapy.
How To Find A Therapist Who Offers What You Need
- Therapists, like doctors and lawyers have specialties so you will want to find a therapist that treats the issue that you are having.
- You will also want to make sure that the therapist has the necessary credentials to practice therapy. This part can be a bit confusing as there are several different degrees and licenses that qualify someone to practice psychotherapy.
Just know that the therapist may have a reason that they chose a specific path of study or licensure – and it is perfectly OK to ask for clarification.
These are normal questions that most people ask.
- It helps if you do research into your insurance policy to know what type of coverage you have and what your deductible is.
- Not all therapists accept insurance, however many are more than happy to assist in submitting claims to your insurance provider.
Once you have selected a therapist and scheduled an appointment, it can take 3-5 sessions for you to get the hang of therapy. Relationships take time to build and your relationship between you and your therapist is no different!
To learn more about how to find a therapist, you can watch this short video to help you with your process.