Finding the Right Therapist for You
Finding the right therapist is like dating, sometimes you have to go on a few dates before you find someone that works for you. As weird as it can sound, the same concept applies with finding a therapist. I have seen too many clients who have tried therapy in the past, but because their therapist was not a good fit for them and their needs, they didn’t try therapy again for another 5, 10, and even 20 years.
When finding the right therapist, consider the following:
- What are your goals for therapy?
Every therapist has specific issues or populations that they specialize in. Don’t be afraid to ask any therapist you are considering working with what their specialization is. You should feel confident that the therapist you chose is competent to work with the issues you’re coming in with.
- Are you comfortable with this person?
Rarely will you feel 100% comfortable the first time you meet someone. But, if after a few sessions you don’t feel comfortable opening up or being vulnerable, your therapist might not be a great fit for you.
- If you are a person of color, a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, or another specific community, how important is it for you to find a therapist who identifies with your lived experience? Would it be helpful to get a perspective from outside your familiar community?
Overall, trust your gut instinct when finding the right therapist. There are so many wonderful therapists out there and just because you don’t fit well with one doesn’t mean they are a bad therapist or that you are a bad client. It just means that there is someone else out there that can help you reach your goals in a way that makes you feel safe, empowered, and comfortable.
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