Tips to finding a Therapist
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.
People come for help in counselling to have their thoughts and feelings heard–and both matter.
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 interview them to see if you want to work with this therapist.
• 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.