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How to Find a Therapist for the First Time
The summer before I turned 28, I felt like I was swimming through a hot, sour fog. I was exhausted all the time, but I also couldn't sleep, and sometimes I'd wake up in the middle of the night and cry. My eating habits got weird. I started second-guessing everything I did at work.

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Seeking Therapy

Seeking Therapy

Finding the right therapist for one's psychological problems can be a daunting task. It takes time and effort but can be done if one is equipped with the right information.

It is common ...

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Kinds of Therapy

Most therapists are equipped with multiple approaches and can tailor them based on one's specific needs. The two common types of therapy are:

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy...

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Finding The Right Therapist

  • In looking for the right therapist, it is best to locate one through a referral, if your friends are comfortable providing one.
  • You can also search the internet, looking for licensed p...

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Paying Through Insurance

Most Therapists are not directly affiliated with Insurance companies, but can still provide you with a receipt so that you can contact the insurance company to get reimbursed. The process has some ...

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Points to Remember

Once you are in the market for a therapist out of your shortlist, you need to keep the following points in mind:

  • Suitability of the location of the clinic.
  • Appointment times a...

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Fees

Keep in mind that therapy is a serious investment, and has benefits that make it worthwhile. 

Most therapists start charging from the first session and it is a good idea to not commit to...

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Red Flags

Certain things to observe and red flags to look out for once you are in the clinic:

  • The vibe and the temperature of the room.
  • Uncomfortable furniture.

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Success Of A Therapy

One gets to know if therapy is working within four to five meetings and if not, you can observe your own progress or switch therapists if required. If you are comfortable and communicative ...

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Roles of psychologists and psychiatrists

  • Psychologists, in general, provide assessment and therapy in a group format or individually. The purpose is to improve a persons' well-being.
  • Clinical p...

Try a few therapists

You will need to feel safe and secure and establish a connection with your therapist. It is reasonable to try out a few until you find the right one.

The right therapist will encourage and support you in making uncomfortable changes.

Word of mouth

Ask your community for mental health specialists recommendations. Consider asking your GP, family, friends or local community.

Once you have a few names, look up their qualifications and read up about them.

Go Sooner Than Later

Most couples don't consider counseling until a real crisis or a catastrophe appears.

It is better to go to couples counseling during a specific life event, strengthening some piece of a rela...

Finding The Right Therapist

Finding a suitable therapist, right for both the partners can take time. Take into consideration:

  • Both partners are comfortable with the choice.
  • Any preferences (gender or cultural background) are taken into account.
  • It should be convenient to schedule an appointment with him, not interfering with other commitments too much.
  • At least two kinds of counselors are spoken to, and then a decision taken.
  • Check online for recommendations or ask for a referral within your friend circle.

Types of Therapies

A good therapist can utilize multiple approaches and will tailor the provided therapy based on the couple's needs. The common therapies are:

  • Gottman Method: Focused on positive communication
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT): helps couples with their emotional needs.
  • Imago Relationship Therapy: Connecting new relationships with old ones.
  • Other approaches like Hypnosis, sex therapy, etc.

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