Whether it’s your first, second or 10th time looking for a therapist, finding the right provider can be a daunting task. Choosing a therapist isn’t quite the same as choosing a podiatrist or an optometrist. Therapy is a very intimate experience and choosing a therapist can be a bit of an intimidating process if you aren’t sure how to go about it. Many people have some of the following questions about finding a therapist:
- Where do I look?
- What type of therapist do I need?
- How do I know if this is the right therapist for me?
- What questions should I ask or what do I need to know about my therapist?
- What will therapy cost?
Here is a good article from the American Psychological Association about how to choose a therapist.
In addition to the tips in the article about how to find a psychologist I suggest the following:
- Do a search on http://www.psychologytoday.com and http://www.goodtherapy.org
- Check with you insurance provider to get a list of therapists in your area
- Do a google search of any therapists who are referred to
- Once you start therapy give it at least 4 sessions to see if you and your therapist make a good fit and if you have concerns about how therapy is going voice them to your therapist. You can probably work through those concerns with you therapist, and if not then they can help refer you to someone who may be a better fit.