Things to Keep in Mind When Shopping for a Therapist

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.

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How to Live With Anxiety

Anxiety is something that we all live with at one time or another. However, for most people, this form of fear and unease is usually over with after a short period of time. Chances are you did not enjoy the way you felt while in the grip of anxiety; now imagine what it is like to spend most of your waking hours dealing with just such a problem.

People suffering from anxiety disorder find themselves plagued by constant worry and negative thoughts. They typically feel a loss of control in their lives and may even experience panic attacks, which are physically debilitating.

Here are some things you can try that will help you live with anxiety:

See a Therapist

While your anxiety might seem like a mild problem, there is the potential that it can become more serious and even life-threatening. If you experience anxiety regularly, it is wise to see a therapist for an an evaluation. Should you find that your therapist is not a great fit, try another one.

Be Open to Accepting Help

Anxiety can even cause someone to not accept help overcoming their anxiety. Do not let fear defeat your desire to live a happier life. If your therapist thinks you should try medication, do so. If he or she requests that you join a therapy group, try it. Even just the fact that you are working on solving the problem can help to alleviate some of your anxiety.

Learn CBT

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a way of stopping those negative thoughts before they overwhelm you. Clients are taught to challenge these thoughts whenever they occur and then through a series of questions, they can come to the realization that the negative thought is not rational and can be dismissed. Done on paper initially, CBT eventually becomes a process you do automatically in your head.

 

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