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 the right help you need. This is why you should stick with a therapist when you find the right one for you. And while we can’t 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 psychologist, 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 directly to see what they charge out of pocket. You’d be surprised by how many are willing to work with you.
And if you have insurance, you can simply use your insurance provider’s website to find psychologists. 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. One of the signs of a good therapist vs. a bad therapist is when they take the time to connect with you, so make sure you 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, you’ll know the characteristics of a good therapist when you can connect with them over the phone.
The qualities of a good therapist really depends on what you’re looking for. The best way to find that information is by calling and 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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