I'm on the hunt for a new therapist, and I'm curious, for those of you who have a great therapist, how did you find them?! There are so many sites these days that it's hard to know who to trust or the best resources to find the perfect match. HELP!
Hello there! As a therapist I know that finding a good therapist can be a real job these days! When I was seeing clients about 75% of my new clients were referred by existing or previous clients. The others came from social media or hearing me speak. So if asking a friend for a referral is something you are comfortable with thats always an option. If not, there are therapy directories. I know there are many; however I do recommend them because of the ability to apply filters to your search.
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Finally, after you decide to work with a therapist it is also important to mention whether or not you have a pressing matter to address, because the first two sessions are all about collecting information in order to develop a course of treatment action, that should be reviewed with and agreed upon by you.
Hope this helps a little!
I am a licensed therapist and receive referrals and do work through Sondermind. On my end, I’m very impressed with the quality of client/therapist matches . Check them out! They operate in several states. Check first to ensure your state is served by Sondermind!
I used the Psychology Today site to search for local therapists based on a specific condition I wanted to focus on! Then I just looked for a combination of bio and pricing to decide on who to reach out to to schedule 20 min consultations. I did learn that you should reach out to more people than you'd expect, because I probably contacted 7 or 8 people and only heard back from 2.
Once you have a (free) consultation scheduled, put together a list of questions you want to ask them to check if they would be a good fit for you. I ultimately made my final choice based on who conversation flowed with best, and who I felt had the mentality to help me the most 🙂 good luck!
Therapist here! My tips for finding a therapist:
1. Use an online directory or get a referral (psychologytoday & therapyden are helpful)
2. Look forL
3. Therapist red (or yellow) flags
4. See if the therapist offers a 15 min phone call
5. Let the therapist know you are trying out a few before you make a decision
I was very lucky to find a great therapist through my EAP. I read her bio & read about her area of concentration. She offers 15 min. phone consultations & I think that is extremely helpful. I guess you never know until you have a full appointment, but I'm so glad we really connect. I've had a bad therapist before for myself (in high school) and for my son. If they give you weird vibes or funny tummy feelings, listen to your gut!
My PCP had recommended EMDR Therapy so I searched for someone with that area of expertise. I spoke with three and felt comfortable two of the three. One had a waiting list but I was able to schedule with the other. It will be five years together in January. I’ve taken breaks and have felt comfortable and welcome coming back. Ask questions before you decide- ask about goal setting and progress checks, how they give and receive feedback, their approach and homework or exposures. Listen to their answers and your intuition.