Ok, let’s get the bad news over right away: finding a good therapist is not a quick process. It takes time and money to find a good therapist. This is why you should stick with quality help when you find it. And while we aren’t able to give you individual advice, we are happy to provide general information from our experience working with local authorities.
If this is the first time you’re searching for a therapist, this can be overwhelming. Where do you start? Let’s divide the process into two steps.
You can still see a therapist without insurance. You should compile a list, either by asking friends for therapists that they recommend, or websites like Psychology Today. You can also call therapists directly to see what they charge out of pocket. You’d be surprised by how many therapists are willing to work with you.
And if you have insurance, you can simply use your insurance provider’s website to find therapists. Or, you can call them directly for a list.
Without an insurance provider, the best websites to look for therapists are:
We also have a directory of mental health professionals available for your convenience.
Start compiling a list of names and phone numbers to call and ask questions from this list. Make sure you specify if you’re looking for a psychiatrist or psychologist! Psychologists and psychiatrists are two very different doctors, one dealing with medication and drugs and the other dealing with counseling.
It’s important to write down a list of questions that you want to ask your potential therapist. When you call, make sure you ask what they charge, what they specialize with, and what times they have available.
Aside from those questions, you’ll want to know what licenses they have, what kind of type of therapy they do, and you’ll want to get a feel of how they approach counseling in general. You don’t want to start therapy with a counselor that doesn’t connect with you, so make sure you take the time to do this.
You’ll also want to ask how long they’ve been in practice for. Generally, the longer a practice has been around, the better quality of the sessions you get. However, as long as you connect with the counselor over the phone.
The qualities of a good therapist really depends on what you’re looking for from a therapist. And, the only way to find out is by asking questions. We’ve made things easy for you – feel free to save/bookmark or print this questionnaire out for your convenience.
There’s nothing more valuable than your mental and emotional health. So while yes, it’s frustrating and time consuming to try and find a therapist that’s a good fit, you shouldn’t give up because of bad experiences.
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