It can be a big decision to decide that you require therapy. However, that still leaves the issue of finding a therapist. This can seem quite daunting as there are usually a number available to you. In a way, choosing a therapist is not so different from selecting another service professional. Here are some tips that will help to make the process easier for you:
Have any of your friends or family ever been in therapy? Ask what sort of the therapist they saw, their opinion of them, and whether they would recommend that you also try this person. You can also access online reviews, but make sure that you also study the therapists’ backgrounds. Some therapists specialize in a particular form of treatment, while others feel they have the experience to help a variety of clients. If there is a particular issue plaguing you, it is wise to start with therapists who claim to specialize in treating that form of problem.
When you have made your choice, call and speak to them on the phone. This is your chance to ask questions about what a typical session is like, their success in helping people with your issue, and what the fees are. If you are happy with the answers, go-ahead and try an appointment.
First appointments with a therapist can be quite intimidating. It is common for clients to be a bit reserved at first as they decide on whether or not they have a relationship with the therapist that will allow them to be open and honest.
If the appointment does not go well in your estimation, do not hesitate to try someone else. It is common for people to switch therapists if they do not find one to be satisfactory, and therapists understand that completely. In fact, most would encourage clients to see someone else if they feel they are not getting their money’s worth.