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Individual Counseling: More Information about Finding the Right Therapist for You
In our last post, you learned about some things to consider as you work towards starting individual counseling. Some of these things included more of the “administrative” details that you might have overlooked, like cost, availability, or the therapist’s background. (Read more: How to Find the Right Therapist- Part 1).
As you may have guessed, the search for a new therapist doesn’t stop there. Today, you will learn about a few more things to consider in your search for an individual counselor.
Finding the Best Fit
So, let’s say you have found a few therapists online that fit your budget, availability, and seem like people you could feel comfortable talking to in therapy. Now what? (Related article: How to Find the Best Therapist for You).
Next, it’s important to see whether these therapists are also a good fit for your needs. You are coming to therapy for a reason. So, let’s talk about more things to consider in your search for the right therapist:
Location is another important factor in your search for a therapist. Since you will likely need to meet with your therapist weekly or bi-weekly in the beginning, it is important to consider the best location for your therapy appointments.
You might ask yourself; how far are you willing to travel? Are you more comfortable seeing someone near where you live or work? Do you prefer to just meet remotely through video appointments instead? Do you like having the option to meet in person and remotely as needed?
These questions can help you decide if the therapist you are considering works in an ideal location. Some therapists will be flexible and may have multiple location options. They may even offer you remote or in person appointments as needed. (Related article: Telehealth in Utah)
No matter their preferences or location, it’s important to double check that the therapist you have in mind offers the services you need in an accessible location.
There are many licensed therapists for you to choose from. (Related article: About Marriage and Family Therapists). However, not all of these clinicians will have the training and experience you need. Most therapists have a handful of issues that are considered their specialty. They might have extra training or certifications in these areas. Or they might have experience with many clients who have struggled similarly. Either way, it’s important to find someone who has the tools and experience you need. (Related article: Specialties and Styles of Individual Therapy)
As you search, you might consider the following: Does this therapist have a speciality that aligns with the help you need? Do they offer a type of therapy you are interested in trying? If the answers to these questions still aren’t clear, are you able to call or email the therapist for a consultation where you can ask questions?
These questions can help guide you to a therapist who will likely have the ideal qualifications to help you. When in doubt, reach out to office scheduling staff or the therapist directly to see if they are able to answer your questions and guide your search.
When In Doubt? Try It Out!
Have you considered these questions already and you are still stuck when it comes to making a decision? You might have a hard time making the jump to schedule an appointment because you want to be sure. (Related article: Counseling for Individuals)
If you can relate, you are not alone! It’s not uncommon to struggle to finally make a decision after your search for the “perfect” therapist. That’s where you may want to consider choosing an option and making an appointment, even if you are not 100% sure. It is impossible to find the best therapist for you solely based on information from a webpage. Sometimes, the next best step is to try out an appointment.
Before Your First Appointment
Looking to have the best experience possible with a new therapist? There are a few things you can do to prepare to make the first appointment as productive as possible.
Make a Game Plan
Before your first appointment, take a moment to write down a “game plan”. Consider the things you hope to accomplish in therapy. Write down potential questions you might have about the therapy process or the therapist’s approach. The first appointment is a great opportunity to get to know your therapist and their process.
Review The Paperwork
Just the thought of reading through therapy paperwork might be enough to make you doze off! But the new client paperwork is a great place to learn about your therapist’s training, education, license, and background. Additionally, the new client paperwork you’ll review will go over your therapist’s policies, fees, and even their process and what you can expect to gain from therapy.
As tempting as it is to simply skim and sign the paperwork, taking the time to review can give you valuable information that can help you further determine if this therapist is the best fit for you and your needs.
Start Individual Counseling
The good news is, you don’t have to do this alone. (Related Article: Emotional Health and Individual Counseling). Starting the therapy process doesn’t have to be overwhelming. If you are looking to start individual counseling and you need help finding a therapist, we are here to help. Find Individual Counseling in Orem, South Jordan, or Spanish Fork.
Written By Lauren Adkins