Finding The Right Therapist

When you decide to commit to therapy, especially as an adult, it is not so much about finding a therapist but about finding the right therapist. There are many great therapists out there, but you don't just need to find a great therapist; you need to find someone whose personality, skill set, and experience line up with your unique needs. This can feel quite a challenge at first, but if you take an organized approach and put some thought into your selection from the beginning, you should find yourself in the right chair before long. Here are some tips to help you find the right therapist.

Narrow down what you think you need help with the most.

Many people who go to therapy end up finding out that their problem is not exactly what they thought it was. However, you probably have some idea of what's plaguing you. Are you struggling with relationships because of past trauma? Maybe you're depressed and anxious, or perhaps you're wondering if you have PTSD. Make your best assessment, and then start by seeing a therapist who specializes in the problem you think you have. You're more likely to end up with someone who truly understands what you're going through. And if the therapist thinks you have a different issue than you assumed you have, they'll at least be able to point you towards another therapist who specializes in your more likely diagnosis.

Don't discount your first impression.

Sometimes patients have a lackluster first session with a therapist, but they figure they'll tough it out for a few more sessions and see how it goes. However, if someone doesn't feel like the right fit from day one, they're probably not going to be the right fit after day five, either. Look for a therapist who makes you feel comfortable and confident from the very first appointment; they are out there!

Be honest.

It can be tough to share what's really bothering you, especially with a stranger. However, you need to be honest in order to give the therapist the best chance of helping you. If you're not ready to go too deep yet, don't feel pressured to do so — but make sure that what you do share is as truthful and thorough as possible. This lets you really see how a therapist responds and assess whether they're a good fit for your needs.

With the tips above, you should soon find the right therapist. You may need to visit a few before landing in the perfect spot, but this is a learning experience, and it can be a good one.

For more information, reach out to an adult therapy treatment center in your area.