What Type of Therapist For Me

Emily Valdez

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October 12, 2021

What Type Of Therapist Is Right For Me?

What Type of Therapist For Me​?  The one you are most comfortable with. For a good fit, therapy should be an open line of communication. In your first session, you’ll be laying the foundation for what you want to work on. Don’t be afraid to be heard when something doesn’t feel right. And if something really doesn’t feel right, you’re under no obligation to continue seeing someone. Therapy won’t always feel amazing, but it should always feel safe.

The most important question to ask yourself is what you want to get out of therapy. That answer may be as simple as, “I want to feel better,” but being able to share that with a potential therapist will help both of you determine if it’s a good fit.

Take time to think through what sort of environment you feel comfortable in and what accessibility you may have to a potential therapist. 

Once you have a short list of therapists that you’re interested in, set up phone consultations with each. These calls will help you to investigate a few things like availability, cost, and how many therapy sessions to expect, but they should also help you determine if you feel comfortable. While you’re on the call, think about these questions:

  1. Do you feel like you can talk to this person?
  2. Do you feel like you can be honest?
  3. Does it feel like this person accepts you?
  4. Are they a good listener?
  5. Will they customize their approach for you?

For a good fit, therapy should be an open line of communication. In your first session, you’ll be laying the groundwork for what you want to work on. Don’t be afraid to push back if something doesn’t feel right to you, and if something really doesn’t feel right, you’re under no obligation to continue seeing someone. Therapy won’t always feel amazing, but it should always feel safe.

Emily Valdez

2 Comments

  1. Joanne

    You definitely want to feel comfortable with the person. You can always walk away.

    Reply
  2. Pat

    I use talkspace, they have really good therapists.

    Reply

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