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Choosing the Right Therapist for You

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The first problem in seeking therapy is to find a good therapist to overcome if you’re considering therapy, whether it’s for repairing a relationship, recovering from a trauma, or for any other reason.

Researchers have found that the relationship between you and your therapist can make a big difference in your growth. That’s why it’s important to research, ask questions, and pay attention to your answers when looking for the right therapist.

One of the most important variables in psychotherapy is the therapist variable. In this article, Positive Reset Mental Health Clinic will explore choosing the right therapist for you.


Importance of the patient-therapist relationship

Although a particular, well-reputed therapist may have great skills, their work with you will only be effective if you connect with them. So, if you don’t feel that human connection, the same therapist who greatly impacted your friend may not work for you. If you don’t like your therapist or fear they’ll judge you, you’ll be less likely to share your thoughts and feelings or admit to unflattering behavior.

A good rapport consists not only of the bond between therapist and patient. It is also about agreeing on treatment goals and methods for achieving them.

The therapist and patient must like each other. They should also feel-good communication and willingness to work with each other.


Here are some tips that will help you find a good therapist:


Ask people you know and trust

Contact your friends, family, or colleagues. Few of them might be in therapy themselves and can offer advice. Others may know some good therapists in your area or know of resources that can connect you with a therapist.

Insights from people you respect and trust can be a useful starting point. However, it would help if you still explored for yourself, as each individual is unique and requires different requirements. You are unique, so your experience with a prescribed therapist may be different from the experience of trusted friends. To make sure the recommended therapist is right for you, request an initial consultation to meet with them before starting treatment.



Experience matters the most. One of the main reasons to see a therapist instead of just talking to a friend is the experience. Find a therapist who has experience treating your problems. Often therapists have specific areas of focus, such as depression or eating disorders. Experienced practitioners have seen the problems you repeatedly face, which broadens their perspective and gives them greater insight. For some specific problems, such as PTSD, seeing a specialist is necessary.


Finding a budget-friendly therapist

The price of treatment and other mental health services can vary greatly depending on where you receive it. Some treatments are offered free of charge. Online therapy can be a relatively inexpensive option. Other therapists may charge more. Before seeing individual therapists, ask your insurance company what they cover and decide how much you will pay each month for therapy. Knowing this amount will help you prioritize a therapist that fits your budget.


What therapist works best for you?

Consider which person is best to work with. Given how important your relationship with a therapist is to your well-being, some factors to consider when looking for a therapist include:

Age: Do you want to work with older people or younger or around your age?

Gender: Are you more comfortable with men, women, or non-binary people?

Religion: Do you think it matters if the therapist has a particular religion?


Questions you need to ask yourself before finding a therapist:

Following is a series of questions you should ask yourself before finding a therapist

   Do I have any specific requirements for a therapist?

   What is the main reason for my therapy?

   How long am I willing to stay in therapy?

   What is my budget for therapy?

   What hospitals or mental health clinics does my insurance cover?


Questions you need to ask yourself before choosing a therapist you found:

   Does the therapist seem to care about you and your problems?

   Do you feel like your therapist understands you? Does the therapist accept you for who you are?

   Do you want to share personal information with this person?

   Do you feel you can be honest with this therapist?

   You don’t have to hide or pretend to be someone you’re not?

   Is the therapist a good listener?

   Does he or she listen without interrupting, criticizing, or judging?

   Do you know how you feel and what you are really saying?

   Do you feel heard?


Questions you need to ask your therapist before finding a therapist:

   How much experience do you have?

   What are your qualifications?

   Do you have preferences when it comes to taking cases?

   Do you have any racial or political affiliations?

   How long is my therapy going to continue before I can observe some positive changes?

   What would you consider your specialty or area of expertise?

   What treatments have you found to be effective for [the problem you want to solve]? What insurance do you accept?

   Do I pay you directly and then reimburse the insurance company, or do you bill the insurance company?



Therapy is highly dependent on the relationship between you and your therapist. Contact us to learn more and see if we’re the right fit for you!