How To Find A Therapist
What are some things you’d like to process? What is causing you distress in your life? What would you like to work through?
Ex: stress related to relationships, recent breakup, sexual assault, death of a loved one...etc.
What do you want out of therapy? What are your goals or expectations?
Knowing what issue you need support or guidance in can help you find a therapist that will be the best fit for you.
WHERE TO RESEARCH:
Trusted friends or family for their suggestions/referrals
Call your health insurance for a list of in network providers (therapists)
Your college campus/high school may have clinics on site or locally who provide low cost or free services.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR:
Understanding what the letters mean behind their name
PsyD- Doctorate in Psychology
Psychiatrist- Medical Doctor who assists in medication management
PhD- Doctorate in Philosophy of Psychology
DSW/LCSW- Doctorate in Clinical Social Work
LCSW- Licensed Clinical Social Worker
LCPC- Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
LSW- Licensed Social Worker
LPC- Licensed Professional Counselor
LMHC- Licensed Mental Health Counselor
LMFT- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Understanding what the different therapy modalities are
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy...etc
Be honest with yourself on what matters to you and filter based on that:
Gender? Age? Sexuality? Years of Experience? Race?
HOW TO REACH OUT:
Our therapists provide a free consultation via email or phone call.
Try to make sure you are doing research on our website. You’ll be able to find detailed information on their background, if they are accepting new clients, their specializations, and contact information.
It is okay to follow up with a therapist if you have not heard from them.
Have a list of dates or times available if possible for when you can have your initial consultation. If you do not feel comfortable or cannot think of times, it is okay to ask the therapist what their availability is and choose a time that works for the both of you.
PREPPING FOR YOUR FIRST CALL/SESSION:
Your relationship with your therapist is a two way street. This is as much about them getting to know you and you getting to know them.
Don’t be afraid to ask your therapist questions, learn about their therapeutic style, years of practice, and what a “typical” session looks like with them.
Discuss your “why” so you can see if they are a good fit for you. This also helps you understand if they have experience working with your presenting concerns/issues.
Get a sense of how comfortable you are talking to your therapist and be honest with yourself and your therapist after.
Know that the first couple sessions will be uncomfortable for you. Especially if this is your first time seeking therapy. Try to give yourself at least few sessions before making a decision. Sometimes you may have already made your decision and that is also okay. Therapy is about you and for you!
Pari Shah, LCSW