CHOOSE A THERAPIST
CHOOSING A THERAPIST
Choosing a Therapist is a substantial investment. The right therapist will see you through highs and lows and might be with you for a long time. It is most important that they suit your specific needs.
WHAT IS THERAPY
Therapy is a process in which the consumer (you) purchases the time and expertise of a therapist.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
There are many different types of therapy but the most common
types involve talking about your feelings, issues, concerns and actions. The therapist may have you talk about the reasons that you are seeking therapy, how you have dealt with situations in the
past. S/he may identify feelings, discuss problem solving strategies and provide support during your personal growth process.
HOW TO FIND A THERAPIST
People frequently ask, "Where do I find a good therapist?"
Ask a friend or family member
Call helplines or information and referral lines
Look in professional resource directories
Ask your physician
Ask a clergy person at your place of worship
SELECTING A THERAPIST
Too often people feel intimated by professionals. Therefore, they are too uncomfortable to ask questions. You are entitled to ask as many questions as you need to determine if a particular therapist is right for you.
Some things for you to think about are:
Do you prefer a woman or a man?
Do you want someone who will sit back, listen and be non-directive?
Do you want someone who will engage in discussions, give suggestions
and be more directive?
Do you intend to pursue therapy alone, with a life partner, spouse or family members?
Will your religious beliefs be part of the therapy process?
If you are
deeply religious, alcoholic, gay or lesbian, is it important that the therapist
also be of your faith, a recovering alcoholic, gay,
or just open and accepting of you & your beliefs, and your sexual
WHAT TO ASK A THERAPIST
Therapist should be willing to give you a free initial telephone consult for you to interview them!
Ask them what is their fee, if they take insurance, or have a sliding scale
based on income or ability to pay.
Ask about their educational background, counseling experiences and
Ask what experiences and training they have working with issues and
situations similar to yours.
Ask what kind of therapeutic techniques they might use so you have a
better idea what to expect in therapy sessions. If they give you an answer
that you don't understand, seek clarification as to what they mean.
Ask how often you will be meeting.
Ask about their policy on canceling appointments.
Beware of therapists who state that they work with all issues and concerns. You will want someone who has experience and training in the areas that are specific to your concerns and presenting problems. Contact and interview several therapists. If you do not feel comfortable with them, then don't set up an appointment!
TRUST YOUR FEELINGS! YOU WILL FIND A THERAPIST WHO IS RIGHT FOR YOU.