Finding a Therapist That Is Best for You

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If you are thinking about starting therapy, finding the right therapist for you is crucial and should be carefully considered. Understanding what you want to get out of therapy and what you want to discuss will play a role in who you chose. Finding someone you connect with can impact the progress you make.

For some people, it may take some trial and error to find the therapist that is right for them. Don’t be discouraged or call it quits if you don’t get it right on the first go-round. Before you begin your search, there are a few things to take into consideration that can help you choose the right therapist for you.

Understand Your Financial Plan 

It is no secret that mental health services can be expensive. Finding the right therapist also means finding one that is most affordable for you. Choosing an affordable therapist will allow you to stay consistent and focus on your therapy sessions without worrying about financial strains. You can reach out to a therapist or do online research to find the cost, to see if they accept your insurance, and learn what kind of payment they accept.

If you have insurance, check what counseling services are within your provider’s network, or that the therapist you are considering accepts your insurance. If you don’t have insurance, find out if the therapist provides any kind of assistance or payment plans so you know if you can afford that service.

What Do You Want In a Therapist

Because therapy is such an intimate and vulnerable process, you want to find someone you are comfortable with. Here are a few common things people look for when finding a therapist they are comfortable with:

  • Gender. Some people have a preference for gender due to past traumas, relatability, or gender-specific issues. You may find that you prefer to work with a therapist who is the same gender as you.
  • LGBTQ. Finding someone who understands and is sensitive to LGBTQ issues can be very important, especially if part of the reason for seeking therapy has to do with trauma or issues related to your sexuality.
  • Race and ethnicity. Working with someone of the same race or ethnicity may be preferable for some people. It allows for relatability and the space to talk about issues you have experienced related to race.
  • Religion. In some cases, having a therapist who relates to you in terms of religion is important. Again, this allows you to relate to your therapist more and your therapist can give you advice more specific to your worldview.

What Are You Attending Therapy For

Most therapists specialize in a specific mental illness or topic in which they have experience. Some therapists specifically work with individuals who have mood or psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar disorder. Other therapists may specialize in other disorders like substance abuse or trauma, or relational issues like LGBTQ, marriage, family, or other issues. Knowing what you want to attend therapy for can help you narrow down what kind of therapist you need.

Ask People You Trust

Getting a referral from your psychiatrist, social worker, or doctor you trust is another way to find a good therapist. People close to you who know you well and understand what you are looking for might be able to help you find someone they feel would meet your needs well. When following a recommendation from someone you trust, make sure that the therapist aligns with your counseling goals.

Check into Local Resources

Community resources are available for your benefit. Check out what mental health services are offered near you. Consider what communities you are a part of, such as a church, support group, treatment group, or other community engagement organizations.

If you are a student, check your counseling center for therapist options. Schools and universities typically have social workers that can help you find mental health resources after you graduate.

What Are Your Goals

Ask yourself what you are looking to get out of therapy. When you go in with a specific outcome in mind, it can help you express these goals to your therapist in the beginning stages. Making your therapist aware of your goals as early as possible will make you the most successful.

Keep in mind that as you go through therapy your goals might change depending on what you and your therapist discover as you unpack and open up to them. They can help you identify things you didn’t know you were an issue like needing medication or underlying mental health disorders. Ultimately, you should choose the therapist you think will best help you toward your goals, whatever they may be.

Finding the right therapist for you is essential to help you feel comfortable to get the full benefits of therapy. Whether you are trying to process grief and loss or looking for ways to cope with trauma and substance use, connecting with your therapist is necessary for true progress. Mountain Peak Recovery offers therapy to help you work with any addiction issues, dual diagnosis, and other mental health issues. We understand that everyone attends therapy for different reasons, so reaching out to us to discuss what you need for your recovery process will help us get you started on a program that is right for you. Our outpatient programs allow you to work around a schedule that is best for you so that you can get the full benefits of treatment. If you or a loved one are ready to start your healing process, call Mountain Peak Recovery at (801) 824-8829 to speak with us today.

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