Making sure your mental health is being taken care of is vital to your overall health, but finding the right therapist can feel overwhelming. The Doctors love these tips on how to find a therapist that will suit you and your mental health needs.
In addition to treating mental health disorders like depression and anxiety, seeing a therapist can help with things like relationship issues, adjusting to new life challenges like starting a new career, or a loss of a loved one. Real Simple suggests the following tips to find the person that is best suited for your needs.
What type of therapy is needed?
Consult with glossaries online from the American Psychiatric Association, Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness, to determine what type of therapist you may need along with speaking to your doctor or family and friends for recommendations.
Is the therapist a good fit for you?
His or her training, location, cost, and whether the therapist is part of a professional organization like APA, ADAA, the National Association of Social Workers, or the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies are things to consider. Also, it is best to do your research online to find out more about a prospective therapist and what they treat.
What to ask a new therapist?
The experts suggest asking if they have treated patients with similar issues and how the therapist would plan on conducting the treatment you need, along with how long they feel it may take and how you and the therapist will know the therapy is done.
What will the therapy cost?
Before you see a new therapist, find out if your insurance covers any of the costs and for how many sessions. Be sure to find out if they are in your network and if you will be required to pay upfront. If money is a concern, consider community health centers in your area or low-cost options, or graduate psychology or social work programs at a local university for possible clinics or even online therapy, which can be less expensive.
Find out more about the various types of therapists you can work with and the types of treatments they may specialize in, here.