Once you decide you would like to get therapy, you have to go through the process of finding the therapist that is right for you. This can be a daunting task so I have compiled a list of things that could help you narrow down your options and get the most out of therapy.
Decide what you want
First of all, it is important to figure out what it is you want from a therapist. Look into the various kinds of treatments and figure out which would best suit you. You also have to decide on any qualities you would like your therapist to have. For example, you may want a male therapist, LGBT therapist or a Christian therapist. It is important to find someone you can trust to get the most out of therapy.
Assess your Budget
Money can be a big barrier to receiving help. Figure out how much you are willing and able to spend on therapy and narrow down your list to the therapists you can afford. Look into whether any of the therapists offer any schemes for low income households. Many clinicians will work with you and provide a discount if you are unable to meet their charges. Some charities may also offer free counselling – although you may get less choice with length of treatment or what therapist you get to see. Contact your insurance companies and see if they cover any treatment. Remember your mental health is important and worth investing in, if you can.
Find a therapist near you
Most countries will have a database of all the qualified therapists that work near you. Take a look at the therapists in your area and read through their profiles carefully. Start making a short list of potential candidates – keep the ones that offer the treatments you are looking for and remove the ones that are not. Also take into account the personal attributes you are looking for.
Book a consultation
It is important to figure out whether you have a connection with your therapist. We vibe well with some people and not so well with others. Many therapists offer a free or inexpensive consultation. Book a consultation and assess whether the therapist is one that makes you feel at ease. If you don’t want a formal consultation, you can give your chosen therapist a quick call to see if you click.
Decide whether to ditch or keep
The first therapist we see may not always be the right fit. In that case it is ok to find someone else. It is better to change therapist than spend lots of money on one that isn’t working for us. In the long run, your money will be better spent finding someone that is right for you.