This week we're sharing some tips we believe are helpful in finding a therapist that will fit your needs. Yesterday we discussed the education and certifications of a therapist. Yesterday's topic plays an important role in the decision making process, but as you read our blog this week, you'll find that each tip we offer builds upon the previous one. After all, you are coming in and telling the therapist everything about your life..... it's extremely important for you to feel at ease and confident with that individual.
2. Ask the therapist about their experience and treatment approach.
What does this mean exactly? Glad you asked.
It's very important for you to come to a counselor who has experience in the areas of which you are struggling. If you're struggling with infidelity, or depression or anxiety, then you want to see someone who specializes in these exact areas.
It's also important to find out what population of people they have expertise in. Do they work with children? Adults? Geriatrics? Couples? If you're an adult wanting couples therapy, but you've called a children's therapist, it's important to know that!
When we talk about treatment approach, we're referring to the therapy beliefs they have as a professional and whether those match your beliefs. Some examples would be faith-based counseling, or if you want a therapist to get family/childhood background information and see if that's contributing to the struggles you're having in current issues. Also, how involved is the therapist in the session? Do they let you do most of the talking or do they give feedback to you about their observations? Do they give homework?
As you can tell, there's several things to take into account when choosing a therapist. We have several more tips to share with you to take into consideration during this important process. Thank you for reading and best wishes in your search.
Written by: Tamara Portee MA, LMHC, LCAC
*Tamara enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, & couples counseling at Imagine Hope. We also specialize in family counseling, child & adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield & Fishers.