You’ve decided therapy will be good for you.
What are the next steps?
First, decide if you are looking for individual, couples, or family counseling.
Then, scan this directory at your own pace to find the right therapist:
Each therapist in our directory has an independent style and approach to counseling. This directory will introduce you to The Therapists Group and their specialty areas. Take notes and select a few you would like to consider.
Take action. Since each therapist is an independent practitioner, you’ll want to know how they approach therapy and how they handle payments. Call one or more therapists who interest you. Once you feel comfortable with a therapist, set up your first appointment.
Questions to ask the therapist:
What is your degree and license?
There are several kinds of educational degrees for therapists; psychologists, clinical social workers, professional counselors, couples and family therapists. Being licensed is a professional standard for the field. You want to work with a professional therapist, who has at minimum a masters degree and experience working within your area of concern.
What should I expect from a counseling session with you?
The therapist should be able to describe how they work, their method of inquiry, whether they give homework, and some basic theory about why they would be appropriate for the issues you are describing.
What is your fee?
Do you take my insurance? Most therapists have a client/therapist agreement which outlines payments as well as the basics of confidentiality, telephone availability, second opinions, and cancellation policies. You can ask to review this agreement before beginning therapy with someone.
How often will I need to come, and how long will it take?
Many clients benefit from weekly therapy, and this can be highly effective in building understanding, insight, new skills and change. Bi-weekly therapy can also be appropriate and effective, especially if it reduces financial stress. The duration of therapy is very individual. Ask your therapist if he or she will assist you in clarifying goals and assessing progress.
Questions to ask yourself:
Do I feel comfortable with the therapist?
You should feel comfortable, heard and accepted. The therapist’s genuine interest in you should be evident as well as their skillful, unbiased listening and curiosity.
Does it feel like this therapist understands and could help me?
Does it feel like this therapist accepts me as essentially good and resourceful? Do I feel this therapist can help me find my own answers? Do I feel hopeful after meeting with this person?
Can I be honest with this therapist?
It is essential to talk about thoughts, feelings and experiences in your life. It is also very important to be honest about the relationship being created between you and your therapist. The best results in therapy occur when there is genuine concern and open communication.
Can this therapist help me clarify my concerns?
Many of us begin therapy knowing we are struggling or hurting, but not really knowing what’s wrong. A good therapist will bring your needs into focus.
Am I ready to begin the process?
Deciding to go to therapy can be a turning point toward a better life. It is seldom easy work. However, an experienced and compassionate guide can make your personal exploration fulfilling, enlightening and effective.