Why do you want to attend therapy?
The “why” around starting therapy helps with your search in finding a suitable fit. Truthfully most therapists have a basic groundwork and understanding of a multitude of topics however there are some that specialize in very topic specific work such as eating disorders, sexuality issues, and lgbtq concerns to name a few. There is really no problem too general or specific; but your understanding around why you want to go can lead you to the professional that can help you the best.
Does it matter who you see?
This is question is in reference to what type of mental health professional you would like to see. There are differences between a social worker, marriage and family therapist, and a psychologist. While each has different background and instruction concerning their style and education regarding therapeutic techniques; one isn’t better than the other per say. The most important thing is that they are competent in the area that you want to focus on during therapy. I’ll be writing another blog post in the future about the differences of each so be on the lookout!
Is insurance a must?
If you need to use insurance to see a therapist; contact your insurance so they can give you a list of therapists that are in your network. From there you can contact them or go to their profiles to see if they would be a good fit for you. If you happen to not like the therapists that are in network, it is possible to see someone out of you insurance network. Your insurance company may offer you a reimbursement for a part of the therapist’s fee.
There are a ton of search engines outside of google that are specifically focused on listing therapists in your area. Pages like Psychtoday.com and networktherapy.com can help you find a therapist in your area as well as narrow your search down to specifics. An example would be if you’re searching for a male therapist that works in trauma. You can search for therapists in your area and use the side tabs to choose male therapist as well as clicking trauma tab and give you results.
So take the guesswork out of your therapy search by becoming more focused about what you’re looking for and what you want out of your therapist.
This topic of the week was written and presented by Alanna Gardner, MFT
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