The First Step Toward Healing:
Choosing a therapist that is right for you.
For a lot of people making the decision to go to therapy is a pretty big deal. If you're like most people you've been thinking about it for awhile but haven't actually made an appointment.
If you've made the decision to go to therapy then good for you! That's step one. Step two is finding a therapist that is a good fit for YOU.
But what does it actually mean to find a therapist who's a good fit?
First, find someone who has specific experience in dealing with the exact reason you are seeking therapy. After all, this whole thing is about you and finding healing for the part of you that is hurting. So, it's okay to be a little bit picky about who you see. Just like in other businesses you will find general therapists and you will find specialists. Many therapists work with a range of issues while some therapists choose to work specifically with a certain population (i.e. kids, adults, couples, women) or with a certain concern or diagnosis (i.e. couple conflict, relationships, eating disorders, sexual concerns). Many therapists have similar education backgrounds. Those who choose to specialize in a certain area generally have the following in addition to their education:
passion in their area of specialty
additional training that is specific to their area of specialty
Second, the person you are seeing needs to >>feel<< like a good fit. I know, I know that may sound hokey. But, listen I'm a therapist and I kinda work in the area of feelings so I get to say things like that! For real though, this is an area where you should trust your gut. Place a call and ask a couple of questions.
Finally, make an appointment. Just do it, okay? I have never heard a client say, "you know, I wish I/we would have waited a few more years to come in". I have, however, had many clients say, "I wish I'd have done this sooner".
Wishing you all of the best on your journey towards healing.
Danika Lowry, LCSW