How to Find a Therapist for the First Time
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 to seek therapy during an emergency or a catastrophe in one's life (like a breakup or divorce), but therapy is more appropriate when life isn't complicated. Major life-changing events like moving to a big city, starting a new job or becoming a parent can be a great time for therapy.
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Mostly women go to therapy. This is true as women more often receive therapy because there is less stigma preventing them from doing so. Conversely, societal pressures make men ambivalent to therapy.
Most mental health professionals treat mental illness by combining psychotherapy and medication or by therapy alone. Many clients choose the latter when they don’t need medication or think of it as burdensome.
Untrained people can’t offer the same mental health benefits as a mental health professional could.
Your mental health is too big a responsibility to place on the people in your life. They will be there for you during hard times, but shouldn’t be a substitute for therapy.
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 relationship, taking it as a preventive measure. This helps nip the larger issues in the bud before the partners are ready to kill each other. Going early also provides time to choose a counselor that clicks with both the partners.
Finding a suitable therapist, right for both the partners can take time. Take into consideration:
A good therapist can utilize multiple approaches and will tailor the provided therapy based on the couple's needs. The common therapies are:
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.
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.