Many people may think all therapists are the same and are equipped to resolve any mental and emotional issues. While part of this is true, many of these mental health professionals usually have an area of specialization.
You have therapists who specialize in treating children and teens; others deal with marital issues, while others with mental problems. Understanding what type of therapy you might require should come first. After knowing exactly what you need, you can find a therapist who practices in that specialty.
Your long-term growth and treatment success will depend on how you connect with the therapist. For this reason, you need to find a therapist you like and trust.
You could also ask your family and friends for good therapists they may know about. While this may be good, you may require a therapist with a different specialty than your friend or family member.
You could also ask another healthcare professional, like your family physician, for a good recommendation. You are more likely to find a good fit through your doctor because their network is reliable with past patients.
After finding a few therapists you feel willing to work with, you should check their credentials. The APA says your potential therapist should be licensed to practice in their state. Also, you can check what types of therapy they provide, like exposure therapy.
All therapists are trained on how to connect with their patients, despite their background, but one who knows your culture well may be a better fit. Many people may prefer to talk to someone who “gets” them or understands their culture.
For more tips for choosing a counselor who meets your unique needs, visit Choulet Wellness at our office in Scottsdale, Arizona. Call (480) 448-6571 to book an appointment today.