Choosing the right therapist to meet your needs is a personal process that requires you to get the know the style, professional approach, and credentials of the mental health expert you’re considering working with.
To help you with the process, we’ve highlighted some of the most important factors to weigh when narrowing the search for a good therapist for you. Pointing you in the right direction as to what questions to ask and things to look for in a mental health professional saves you time and the frustration of needing to find someone else to see when the first therapy option you’ve chosen doesn’t work out.
Here are some things to think about as you choose a therapist who’s a good fit for you:
- Consider how you’ll approach therapy. Will you do it alone? With a spouse or partner? As a family? Individual, couples, and group therapy vary in approach. Once you’ve decided, find a therapist that works with the approach you’d like to take.
- Ask questions. The American Psychological Association notes that mental health professionals agree that “the right match is important” between clients and therapists. The initial consultation offered by a counseling service provider gives you the opportunity to get to know the mental health professional you’ve opted to work with and ‘interview’ them to make sure that they’re the right fit for you.
- Know what types of insurance are accepted. Understanding how therapy affects you financially is important. After all, if your insurance company isn’t willing to pay for counseling, you’ll be responsible for covering the expense out-of-pocket. Fortunately, the folks at Heart-Centered Counseling accept just about every insurance plan out there.
For therapy to be successful, do your best to select a therapist that you feel has your needs and best interests in mind. Attend regularly scheduled therapy sessions in person or via the web. Follow up by practicing the emotional growth you’re learning in session, in order to benefit as much as you can from therapy. Teaming up with the right mental health professional is a great step in the right direction.