No matter how many friends you have, or family members to talk to, a therapist can be a great addition to your self-care team. Friends and family, though they love you, don’t have the education and experience to ask the kinds of questions that will lead you to insight and change. Because a therapist is a neutral professional, you can count on an unbiased view of your situation and your part in creating or perpetuating it.
Experienced therapists are also a great resource for tools and tips to improve your communication and relationships. Is therapy right for you – yes! Find the right therapist, one that is a good “fit” for you.
The best way to do that is to ask friends who they’ve seen. Once you round up 5-10 names, call each person and chat for a few minutes. If you like them on the phone, and they seem to understand what you are looking for, book a session. A good therapist wants to make sure they can help before they see you, and won’t mind talking with you for a bit prior to booking an appointment.
Good questions to ask are:
Do you work with people who … (face this struggle, are under this stressor, etc.)
What techniques/frameworks do you use in therapy?
Remember that not all therapists take insurance so be sure to ask about costs.
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