“I need to see a therapist.” This simple phrase carries a heavier weight than most people realize. There are a number of different counselors and therapists to choose from, regardless of where you live or what type of help you need. By selecting the right professional to help you through your journey, you will enjoy a pleasant, effective, and life-changing experience in therapy.
In the information below, we will help you answer the question, “Which therapist is right for me?”
Qualities Of A Good Therapist
A “good” therapist may not necessarily be the “right” therapist for your needs. Nevertheless, it is important to look for respectable qualities in your therapist no matter what your situation is. Here are some surefire signs of a qualified therapist:
- High Level Of Education (Usually A Master’s Degree Or Doctorate In Psychology, Psychiatry, Or Similar)
- Long-Term Experience In The Field
- Strong Recommendations From Local Doctors, Schools, Churches, And Businesses
- Caring Personality (Someone You Connect With)
- Local And State Licenses
Assess the credentials of your therapist like you would a doctor, lawyer, plumber, accountant – any service provider you trust with an aspect of your life. This will help you avoid a bad experience with an unqualified therapist.
How To Choose The Right Therapist For Your Needs
Once you have a set of therapists you can trust, you will need to determine which professional is best suited for your individual needs. If you need alcoholism treatment, seek help from someone who works with alcohol and substance abuse victims regularly. At Perspectives Of Troy Counseling Centers, we meticulously match each patient with a counselor or therapist who specializes in the treatment they need.
Types Of Therapists And Counselors
- Family And Marriage Counselors
- Depression And Anxiety Therapists
- Couples Counselors
- Substance Abuse And Addiction Therapists
- Bullying And Child Counselors
- Anger Management Therapists
- Grief Counselors
- And Much More
No matter what you are going through in life, there are counselors and therapists available to help you cope with, recover from, and overcome your struggles. Find a professional who specializes in your specific needs, and you will get the best treatment possible.
If Your First Therapist Does Not Work Out…
There are times when the first therapist you get paired with will not necessarily be the right therapist for you. If you do not feel like you have a good connection with your therapist or counselor, speak to your counseling center about working with someone else. Make sure to explain what you have a problem with so the center can match you with a better fit from the start. Do not be afraid to say “I would prefer speaking to a woman” or “I would like a counselor closer to my age” if it would lead to a better experience for you overall.
Once you find the right therapist for your needs, you will be able to enjoy a better quality of life.