Welcome! Glad to see you are interested in therapy. Therapy has the potential to be an enlightening and consistent form of self-care. To best support you, I have provided some tips to consider when choosing a therapist.
First, I encourage you to consult with a few therapists over the phone prior to having a therapy session. A super user-friendly website to find local therapists is psychologytoday.com. You can filter through the candidates based on issues, insurance, location, types of therapy, price, and much more. Each therapist has their own profile, picture, and link to their website. Read through their profile statement and take note if their specialties match your concerns. If your left with a few compatible choices, feel free to call and schedule a 10 to 15 minute consultation with each. These consultations are usually free and will help you get a feel for who they are, how they speak, and how well they listen.
So how can you tell which therapist is right for you? Evidenced-based research supports selecting a therapist who feels unconditionally accepting, empathic, and genuine. Why is that? Well, research indicates that these three conditions are what defines an effective helping relationship. In order for a person to grow and change from within, he or she must not be “talked to” or “pushed” toward change. A “good therapist” provides you a safe space, where your feelings, thoughts, and actions are accepted as is, in order to promote authentic growth and long-lasting changes from within.
Hope this helps. Feel free to call me for more information or a free consultation on my approach to therapy. Take care and be well!