Your therapy is about YOU, not me. I’m glad to share my education and experience with you, but it is only one part of a much larger picture.
It would be presumptuous of me to tell you who the right therapist is for you. I don’t know you. I don’t know your reasons for going to therapy. I don’t know if you have had therapy before or if you are new to therapy. I don’t know the issues you have been struggling with and what you want to change in your life.
However, for my part, I will know if I can help once we meet and talk about your concerns.
Ultimately, you’re the one who needs to decide who would be a good match for you.
With that mind; here are some suggestions:
• Look for the therapist who suits you–not the “best” or well-known therapist.
• Ask to speak to the therapist directly before the session; or make it known in first session that you are there to find out if you want to work with this person.
• Credentials are not the whole story – they are just the starting point for your search.
• Trust your instincts! If you don’t feel safe or comfortable with someone, don’t choose them to be your therapist (regardless of who referred him to you).
• Find a therapist that does not give advice and also who will answer all your questions as to how they work.