You would not trust just any lawyer with your legal troubles or just any surgeon with your surgery, so why would you leave your mental health in the hands of just any therapist? You wouldn’t. That is why when my friend came to me, telling me that she was thinking about finding a therapist, we embarked on the journey of finding the best therapist for her and her situation. I was thrilled that she came to me, after all, the most important thing you can ever do for yourself is to be your own best advocate.
There are so many different mental health professionals and so many different avenues to search for them that it can be difficult to know where to begin. As a rule of thumb, it’s best to ask another professional whether they have any recommendations. Think about it this way, if you are going through a rough divorce and would like to speak with a therapist, your divorce lawyer will have likely met a lot of mental health professionals through the course of his or her legal career and can recommend the ones they have found to have the best credentials. After all, lawyers and mental health professionals often network since sometimes a lawyer’s client needs a therapist and sometimes a therapist’s client needs a lawyer.
Once you have the names of a few mental health professionals, search for them online. Websites such as Healthgrades can give you information such as practice details, patient ratings, and whether or not their office accepts your insurance. Most importantly, you can also check whether your potential therapist has had any sanctions, instances of malpractice, or board actions against them.
If you like everything that you have read about the mental health professionals that you searched for, it is time to call or email their office. You can set up a consultation with each professional to determine if you work well together. During the consultation, you can ask questions about the therapist’s experience working with people who have the same problems, conditions, or obstacles that you are looking to resolve. Remember: it’s your mental health and you deserve the absolute best mental health professional. My friend was thrilled with hers!