So here you are, trying to figure out where to find a therapist and there are a hundred questions running through your brain. Finding someone to help you in a crisis or an ongoing struggle is not something we often talk about, but, it could be the most courageous thing you can do for yourself. I have recently been asked by a lot of friends on how to choose a therapist. My hope is that this is helpful and if you have more questions, that you give me a call at 949.682.6417.
Where to begin?
-Ask around, talk to people your trust - friends, family, coworkers, physicians - and see if they know of anyone. You might be surprised to find that other people have been to therapists and found it to be helpful.
-Take advantage of free consultations - I offer a free 20 minute consultation. In that 20 minutes, you can get an idea of who I am and what to expect if you were to come see me. Write up some questions beforehand if that will help ease your anxiety about the phone call. If in that time you feel that it isn't a good fit, that is ok - read on to the next bullet point.
-Get other referrals - If after a consultation or first couple of sessions, you just feel you can't connect or trust the therapist, they can give you referrals. In my work, I am happy to give a referral to another therapist if that is what you need. I want to see my clients succeed and experience change, even if that isn't with me.
-Trust yourself - You know yourself better than anyone else. You know when something is a good fit for you. The relationship between a therapist and a client is pivotal in transforming relationships outside of the therapist's office. That is why it is so important to have a good working relationship with your therapist.
With that, I leave you with this thought:
When the world says, "Give up,"
Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."