Therapy – Getting Started & Next Steps

Finding the Right Psychotherapist

Sometimes, living our lives becomes unbearable that we actually need somebody’s expertise to help us. These are likely times when seeing a psychotherapist is our best option. But how do we choose a good one?

First of all, a psychotherapist must be a person you are completely comfortable with. Therapy is a complicated process, and psychotherapists are not there to be a friend to their clients. Still, you should look for someone who respects you for everything you are. Your psychotherapist should get your hundred percent trust, and you should never have to lie to them for any reason. Otherwise, you can’t expect any real help from them.

Additionally, you have to feel that you are actually benefiting from seeing your therapist. IF you don’t, then maybe you have to consider searching for another expert.

Secondly, find a psychotherapist who has been in this line of work for a long time (perhaps ten or more years). And they should be registered in your state or territory.

For instance, before a psychologist can call and advertise himself as such, he needs to secure a valid license. A clinical social worker will typically put an “L” prior to their degree, as in “L.C.S.W.” There are states where clinical social workers are not required to be licensed, or to present licensure in this format.

If you’re uncertain about this, you can always do your research so you can learn more about your prospective therapist. Professionals know that answering questions like this is part of their job. A psychotherapist who has a degree will have it follow their name in their adverts, or it could be a legal requirement in some states as well.

In any case, choose someone who has extensive training and experience as a psychotherapist, and avoid those with the opposite. In certain states, for instance, becoming a Certified Addictions Counselor requires no more than a high school diploma. Although this sounds impressive, it takes so little to get this title, which isn’t very reassuring.

Therapy was never meant to be easy, so if you think it is, perhaps you need to find a new psychotherapist, or maybe you’re just not working hard enough. Keep looking for the right therapist, and don’t be afraid of standing up for yourself when you have to change your current therapist.

Referrals are still the best when it comes to finding a good professional. Nothing’s better than hearing it straight from those who’ve worked with the psychotherapist you’re considering. If you can’t get personal recommendations, check out online reviews but stick to popular consumer websites for more credible info (marketing websites are usually full of fake and misleading reviews).

Finally, compare different psychotherapists rather than focusing on a single prospect at a time. This is the only accurate way of knowing which one is indeed the best for you.