Your mental health is important. It is very important to get the help you need in order to stabilize your life, because a dysfunctional mind leads to a chaotic life. With that said, knowing that you need outside help is the first step. Finding the right person for you is the next one. When choosing the right therapist, there are many things that need to be considered.
Some important factors to consider are:
- What kind of setting makes you feel the most comfortable?
- What kind of background does the therapist need to have?
- What are their fees?
- How available are they?
Now that you’ve consider the questions above, as well as the ones you’ve come up with for yourself here are some points on how to find the perfect one for you.
- Ask friends and family. If you are comfortable talking with your friends and family about wanting to consult a therapist do so! You never know what resources they may have.
- Search around online. Google is a wonderful tool. Full of ratings and reviews about any and everything. Websites like GoodTherapy.org and PsychologyToday.com are great resources for finding therapist based on your zip code, their last name, or the company name.
- Use your work resources. Outside of health benefits many companies are being to offer a service called the Employee Assistance Program. This program allows you to see a counselor (free of charge) for a few sessions and if you like they will refer you to a therapist that takes your insurance.
In my own personal experience, I have found it easy is to search online. It’s so convenient, and once you find someone, call them. Ask the receptionist if they allow for free consultations and schedule a few with different therapists. Never go into a situation blind without as many facts as possible. You’re going to have to do some leg work, but if finding the best therapist is important to you, you will put in the work.