The decision to initiate therapy can be an overwhelming and scary one. Where do you even start? Do you ask a friend, Google it, or just pick a name and hope for the best?
From a therapist’s perspective, there are so many things we would want you to consider. We hope the blog this week can give you some pointers on things to contemplate and questions to ask if you are beginning the process of therapy.
1. Is the therapist qualified?
Does the therapist have a Master’s or Doctorate degree in mental health? Although not common, there are professionals who claim to be a therapist who only have a Bachelor’s degree. The importance here lies in the training and experience, as well as the licensing. Those with a Master’s or Doctorate have a minimum of 2 years additional education after undergraduate school.
Does the therapist have supervised clinical experience? Clinical experience means the therapist has done actual therapy under the watch of another therapist. This is important because it means the therapist has received training and feedback.
Does the therapist have any credentials? What you are looking for is a therapist who is board licensed with their state. This means they have passed the state requirements, which differ from state to state. Often this represents a set amount of supervised clinical hours as well as the passing of an exam.
Even after receiving a clinical license, the therapist is required to complete annual CEU’s (Continued Education Units) to ensure they are always learning and up-to-date on the latest techniques. You can tell if a therapist is licensed by the letters that are after their name.
Check back tomorrow as Tammy discusses the importance of the therapist’s treatment approach. Thanks for reading!
Written by Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW
Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Christy enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Christy also provides family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling.
Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.