Finding the Right Psychotherapist
Sometimes, living our lives becomes unbearable that we actually need somebody’s expertise to help us. These are probably times when only a psychotherapist will do. But how do we know we’ve found the right one?
First of all, a psychotherapist must be a person you are completely comfortable with. Therapy is not easy, and your psychotherapist is not there for you as a friend. Still, you should look for someone who respects you for everything you are. Your psychotherapist should get your hundred percent trust, and you should never have to lie to them for any reason. Otherwise, they’re not helping you.
Very importantly, you should feel that the therapist is actually helping you. If that’s not the case, then you should start looking for another expert.
Secondly, find a psychotherapist who has been in this line of work for a long time (perhaps ten or more years). And they should have the appropriate state or territory licensing.
For instance, before a psychologist can call and advertise himself as such, he needs to secure a valid license. Clinical social workers will usually have an “L” before their degree, as in L.C.S.W. In some states, clinical social workers are not required to get a license, or do not have to display licensure in this format.
If you’re uncertain about this, you can always do your research so you can learn more about your prospective therapist. Professionals will not take offense when asked about their qualifications. If the psychotherapist has a degree, it will always follow their names in their ads or it may even be required by law.
In any case, it’s best to choose someone who has a solid background of training and experience as a psychotherapist. In some states, for example, you may find that a high school diploma is all a person needs to become a
Certified Addictions Counselor. While this may seem impressive, people need very little training to earn this title, as compared to the rest.
Psychotherapy is never easy, so if you think it is, that’s a sign that you either need to put more effort into it, or you need to look for a new psychotherapist. Be brave enough to stand up for yourself and keep searching for the right therapist to help you.
The best method of finding good professionals is still through referrals. There’s nothing better than talking to people who’ve actually worked with the psychotherapist you’re planning to see. If you can’t get referrals, online reviews are also a good source of info, as long as you stick to reputable independent consumer websites.
Lastly, take time to compare different psychotherapists instead of focusing on one prospect at a time. Without comparisons, you can never tell who’s really the best for you.