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How To Find The Right Therapist For You

Looking for a therapist can be nerve wracking, especially when it’s your first time. When you’re first starting the process, keep in mind that this is not a “one size fits all” situation. Just like you are not the same as every person who goes to therapy, not every therapist is the same. Everyone has their own.

  1. Take Your Time And Research

The first step is researching options. There are numerous types of therapists with a range of specialties. Think about why you’re going to therapy and what your goal is. When you have found a few options, don’t forget to ask if your insurance covers their sessions, and if they are currently accepting new patients.

  1. Don’t Be Afraid To Ask Questions

You want to make sure your therapist is a good fit for your needs and goals. Asking questions is a great way for you to get to know who they are and what their style is. Some questions I recommend asking are:

  • How much experience do you have working with ___?

  • What does a typical session with you look like?

  • Do you give homework to your patients? 

  • What is our next step if we see my treatment plan is not working?

  1. Rule of 3

Especially when you’re trying out therapy for the first time, you may feel uncomfortable. It’s an environment that’s new to you. Don’t let this first feeling of discomfort convince you that this therapist is not the right fit. When testing out a new therapist, attend at least three sessions. If by the end of these you’re not feeling like it is not a good fit, that’s okay. Think about what you enjoyed and didn’t enjoy during these sessions, and use that information when looking for a different therapist.