Tips on How to Find a Good Therapist
Here on some tips that will help you find a good therapist.
- Ask trusted friends, family members or your health care provider if they can recommend a therapist. This is a good starting point, but keep in mind that a therapist who works well with somebody else won’t necessarily be the best therapist for you.
- Do an online search for therapists in your area, then go to each website and take a closer look. Some therapists may also have Facebook pages or LinkedIn profiles. However, lack of a social media presence doesn’t necessarily indicate a therapist isn’t good.
- Be sure you know the therapist’s qualifications. A therapist should have an advanced degree, extensive training and supervised clinical experience, and should be properly licensed or certified. If this information isn’t available online, call and ask.
- Similarly, find out if the therapist has special areas of practice, and if that specialty is pertinent to your particular concerns. For instance, a therapist might be a generalist, or they might work with families and couples, or with trauma or addiction.
- Call the therapist’s office and inquire about scheduling. Is the therapist taking new counselors? How long will you need to wait for an appointment?
- If money is a concern, ask about fees. If you have insurance, ask if the therapist accepts your coverage.
- Don’t hesitate to ask to speak to the therapist. If something doesn’t feel right, or you don’t feel comfortable, politely explain that it doesn’t seem like a good match.
Finding a Therapist: You are in Charge
Remember that you are in charge of the entire process. If therapy isn’t working out after a few sessions, you can switch to a different therapist at any time. Good therapy is a partnership between you and the therapist and it’s important to feel a rapport.