Finding the Right Psychotherapist
There are times when we feel the need for help just getting by with life. These are probably times when only a psychotherapist will do. But how do we pick the right one
First and foremost, a psychotherapist should be a person whom you feel totally at ease with. Therapy is hardly easy, and a psychotherapist is not there as your buddy. Still, you should look for someone who respects you for everything you are. You have to trust your psychotherapist 100%, and you should never have to consider lying to them at any stage. Otherwise, they’re not helping you.
Additionally, you have to feel that you are actually benefiting from seeing your therapist. If that’s not the case, then you should start looking for another expert.
Second, choose a psychotherapist who has been practicing the profession for a considerable time – maybe a minimum of ten years to be safe. And they should have the appropriate state or territory licensing.
Psychologists, for example, can only call and advertise themselves “psychologists” if they have a valid license. Clinical social workers will usually have an “L” before their degree, as in L.C.S.W. In certain states, clinical social workers need not obtain a license, or format their licensure this way.
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. If the therapist has a degree, it will be indicated after their name, either by choice or by law.
In any case, choose someone who has extensive training and experience as a psychotherapist, and avoid those with the opposite. For instance, in specific states, you only need to finish high school, and then you are qualified to be called a Certified Addictions Counselor. While this may seem impressive, people need very little training to earn this title, as compared to the rest.
If you think therapy is easy, maybe you should try working harder, or you can also try finding a new psychotherapist. Be brave enough to stand up for yourself and keep searching for the right therapist to help you.
The best method of finding good professionals is still through referrals. There’s nothing better than talking to people who’ve actually worked with the psychotherapist you’re planning to see. If you can’t get any referrals for some reason, read Internet reviews on reputable third-party websites (marketing websites tend to be biased) for more accurate info.
Finally, spend time comparing different psychotherapists, instead of considering one at a time. Without comparisons, you can never tell who’s really the best for you.