FAQs for Therapy Seekers
“What’s the big deal about having a therapist you’re comfortable with?”
Do you feel comfortable sharing any information, let alone deep, personal feelings with someone you’re not comfortable with? Having a professional you feel comfortable enough with to share your personal feelings is crucial toward reaching your goals in treatment. Without feeling comfortable and having a trusting bond with your therapist, it would be difficult to talk about any issues; especially deep, personal ones.
“How do I find a therapist I’m comfortable with? Should I go by word of mouth? A phone book? Looking at pictures of the therapist? Or viewing a video of the therapist?”
You can find a therapist a million and one ways. The “best” way to find a therapist you’re comfortable with has yet to be proven. However, needingthereapy.com has provided a video directory of therapists because we strongly believe that by being able to view videos of therapists you may be potentially interested in meeting with, you can get a better sense of whether or not you would connect with that therapist. You should no longer have to go into a session completely “blind” in not having any sense of who or what the therapist is about.
“It’s so complicated to know which type of therapist to choose. Do I choose a psychiatrist, a clinical social worker, a counselor, a psychologist, or a marriage and family therapist?”
It’s important to know that if you think you need psychotropic medication for your mental health needs, than you should consider researching a psychiatrist. They can prescribe medication while in addition having the credentials to meet for therapy as well. Some psychiatrists strictly prescribe medication while referring out to a therapist for psychotherapy. The main difference between the other therapists has to do with schools of thought and where they believe problems stem from. They also have met different requirements in the areas of education, years experience, and licensure. What is more important however when trying to decide which therapist to choose comes down to how comfortable you feel and if you sense you would be able to have a trusting bond with your therapist. In addition, if you are looking for help in a specialized area than it will be wise to search based on that particular area of need.
“How do I go about finding a therapist I know I’ll be comfortable with?”
Use needingtherapy.com as tool to search different therapists you might feel comfortable with. When you narrow your search down, try calling the therapists you’re interested in meeting with. It might be helpful to prepare a list of questions that are important to you. During and/or after speaking to the therapist, ask yourself if they are an appropriate match for you. Is it likely the therapist will meet your needs? Could you feel comfortable enough to talk with them and begin treatment? Many therapists offer a free consultation, which is a wonderful way to get a sense of if they’re right for you.
“What determines whether I’ll be comfortable or not with a particular therapist?”
People have all different personal preferences when it comes to feeling comfortable with a professional. There is no one specific reason for why someone will feel comfortable with one professional and not another. It can be based on a variety of factors such as age, gender, race, religion, color, or national origin. It can be based on a professional’s credentials, years in practice, or the type of therapy they specialize in. It can also be based on their style. You might be partial to a professional who is enthusiastic or perhaps you want professional who is more reserved; direct or indirect. Tone of voice, pace of speech, body presentation and so many other factors can be part of the reason you feel comfortable with a particular therapist. Use the directory to search therapists and get a sense of which therapist may be right for you.
“I’ve been in therapy for a long time and I just don’t think I’ve made any progress?”
Consider switching. This doesn’t mean your therapist is good or bad. He or she just might not be a ‘good fit’ for you. Therapy can often feel uncomfortable at times because you are processing difficult issues, which is normal. However, if you’ve been in therapy for a long time and have felt little to no benefit from it; don’t feel like discussing issues because you don’t trust your therapist; or feel continuously put down or uncomfortable with your therapist where you don’t foresee yourself making progress, then it may be a good idea to research other therapists/professionals. Please don’t feel shameful or regretful. The most important factor is that you get the help you need.