Tips for Finding the Right Therapist For You

Choosing a therapist for your recovery or counseling can be quite overwhelming. As you start to try to find the one that fits you, you may find there are a lot of options out there. Finding one that can not only help you through your circumstances but that you can also be comfortable with can be stressful. Here are a few tips as you're looking into counselors or therapists for you or your loved one.

Do your research
Read online reviews and thoughts of others who have used the counselors services. Be sure you are researching their background as well. If they haven't really spent a whole lot of time helping those who suffer with the things you do, maybe try to find a different therapist. Sometimes they do specialize in recovery or child counseling, so it's best to find the one that is right for your needs. 

Ask those around you
Your friends, family, or even your doctor may have some good suggestions on therapists that can help you. You can ask them for references and find out who they know or have used themselves. You can take that recommendation and follow through with your own research. It will help you to get started in the right direction of finding someone you can trust. 

Choosing a therapist to work with can be quite daunting. Take your time and be sure you do your research for the ones you have in mind. Don't be afraid to ask questions and give them a call before you go by their office. Your therapist will be there to help you through difficult times and you want to feel comfortable with them and that you can trust them. 

Cleantis, T. "How to Find The Best Therapist For You". Psychology Today.(Website).(2/16/11).
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  • Finding the right counselor can definitely be a challenge. There are certain therapists that specialize in addiction recovery. It is definitely important to look at reviews of the counselors you are considering and read success stories.

    Asking family members and friends can also help you in your decision. Counselors want to see you succeed. It is important to find one that you feel you completely comfortable with and can trust with everything. As long as you do your research and go with your instincts, your counselor can greatly benefit your life!

  • I always liken finding the right therapist to finding the right boyfriend or girlfriend. You won't match up well with just any counselor. And it can take a few tries before you find one that you click with. If you don't hit it off with the first counselor you see, don't be discouraged and don't give up. Try someone else, because it's really important that you feel a connection with your counselor. It took me three tries before I found the right fit and it made all the difference in the world. 
  • Many people in the recovery program have found their therapists through referrals. If you went to a treatment center, odds are they have a list of addictions therapists that would be a great match for you. If you have not been to treatment, you may find that it is a lot easier than you think to find referrals from other places. If you are involved in Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous you can ask around and look for suggestions of good therapists there. You may find that hearing the opinions of different therapists from your peers can help immensely in choosing the best therapist for you. However, when asking your peers make sure that they actually enjoy their therapist. You may find that some of the people you ask for a referral actually do not benefit as much as they like but continue to go because they have already made the commitment. 

    Another thing to consider during your search is if you will need treatment on other issues in addition to addiction, such as depression or anxiety. You will find that while some specialize in addiction, other problems might be left untreated. Once you have a couple of ideas in mind you may want to look at some of the outside factors such as the insurances they accept, availability, and if they are even accepting new clients at the time. Check out their website and see if it displays the information you need. Follow that up with a phone call with your possible counselor, see if there is a connection and if you feel comfort when speaking to them. If all lines up well after that it may come time to schedule a visit. During your visit you should scope out where you are and how you feel about it. If you are not comfortable in the setting where the sessions will be held you will not be comfortable enough to open up to your therapist.
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