Tips to Finding A Therapist
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Finding a therapist can seem like an overwhelming thing, especially if you have never been to therapy before. This is common and understandable. Here are some things to assist with the process.
Start with your insurance provider. Oftentimes the easiest way to get a list of providers that are accepting your insurance is to call your provider directly. They can help you weed out your options and condense your search to a more manageable amount. Some employers offer Employee Assistant Programs (EAPs) as well.
Search a reliable online database. Many providers belong to a variety of organizations geared towards mental health. The American Counseling Association, American Psychological Association, or the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists are some examples of these organizations. Typically, you can search area therapists by simply using your zip code.
Ask someone you trust. We all know someone who has had therapy or knows of a therapist. Asking them for information can assist finding the right therapist for you.
Ask questions. When reaching out to a therapist, it is encouraged to ask about their approach to therapy, address financial concerns, and what their areas of specialties are. You want to be able to have an open conversation with your therapist and/or their staff regarding your needs. This is a great way to start the process of finding someone that is right for you.
Identify goals. A good way to streamline your search is to identify what you are wanting to work on ahead of time. When you are reaching out to therapists, have an idea of what you would like to address to see if that therapist may be a good fit for you.
Keep looking. When you begin therapy, if a therapist does not seem to be the right fit for you, you have no obligation to stay. Discussing your concerns with your current therapist is always encouraged, if you feel comfortable doing so.
Cultural competency is important for everyone. We live in a diverse world and know that it is important for therapists to have a willingness to understand the needs of all individuals. There are resources available to find therapists that are culture conscious.
Resources for people of color.