Finding the Right Therapist
At the turn of the new year, many of us consider making drastic lifestyle changes that will hopefully make us feel better about ourselves, whether it’s introducing a new form of intense physical training, eating a healthier diet, recycling or simply adopting something that might help give us a new lease of life. Therapy is one of many resolutions people decide to adopt at the start of a New Year. If you’ve decided to go to therapy, you’ll need to gain a detailed understanding of what therapy incorporates. And you should understand the contribution it will have to your lifestyle changes and what it takes to identify the ideal therapist for your requirements. Finding the right therapist for you is highly important.
Finding the right therapist
There are many different therapists out there. Some deal with emotional situations and others are experts in mental health conditions ranging from schizophrenia to depression.
The process of finding your ideal therapist can be both daunting and frustrating at times. It’s important to remember that the first therapist you contact won’t likely be the one you stick withfor the long term.
This shouldn’t leave you feeling discouraged as the vast majority of former patients will highly recommend their therapists. Not all therapists operate in the same way, so you just need to keep searching until you find one that uses methods and techniques you feel comfortable with.
Here are four great tips you can use to find the perfect therapist for you:
Make the Most of All the Resources Available to You
There are plenty of resources online that give you a detailed background of various psychologists and their methods of treatment. It’s an excellent way to find out about some of your local therapists.
Trusted psychology and counseling websites will require psychologists to prove their qualifications and experience. Use these websites to analyze various psychotherapist profiles and whittle them down to a select few that meet your preferences.
Of course, there’s a lot more to finding a therapist than just reading up on their expertise. Other resources such as magazines, leaflets and newspapers can provide you with additional background information. Some even give reviews of local psychotherapy experts. Don’t forget that the web is also a great tool for finding out more about psychotherapy in general, so take full advantage of this.
The Most Reliable Information Comes From Your Friends, Family & Others You Can Trust
If you know anyone in your family with experience in taking up psychotherapy sessions or counseling, give them a call and find out what the whole process involves. They’d be more than happy to help you out and give you very helpful information you wouldn’t find elsewhere. Health professionals such as GP’s are also great sources of information when it comes to psychotherapy.
It’s a bonus if a member of your family is professionally trained to provide psychotherapy or counseling, as you can find out everything you need to know about therapy for your specific requirements and even discover more about some of the reputable therapists in your local area.
Carry Out Your Own Interviewing Procedure
If you’ve got a list of potential therapists to follow up, call up each one individually and see what they are like on the phone. Do they put across a comforting, empathetic and professional vibe? Consider asking them what they’re style of treatment is like, the experience they have and their primary focus/orientation during treatment.
Listen to what the therapist is proposing and compare it with your specific needs. If they match, you can note them down as one of your potentials. It’s helpful not to be enticed by the first call you make and instead get in touch with a few other psychologists prior to making your decision.
Look For Specialists If Necessary
Specialist therapists will focus on a specific issue. They are certainly an option if you are fully aware of the type of therapy you are after. There are a number of learning difficulties and disorders that should always be addressed by someone with extensive experience and qualifications in the specific issue. If you are working with a therapist who has little experience in the issues you have addressed, you could be wasting valuable time and money.
There simply aren’t any therapists who are experts in everything. So anyone who says so is likely to have very little experience in therapy whatsoever. Mental health is an incredibly broad topic. So the likelihood of coming across a therapist with such a wide range of experience is highly unlikely.
With these helpful tips you can find your desired therapist and enjoy the therapeutic experience you’ve been looking for. Here’s to a wonderfully productive year of therapy!