Find A Therapist

Written by Rachel Arieff
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Find a therapist who will offer you not only expertise, but a personal rapport. It certainly doesn't do you much good to consult with even the best and the brightest if you don't feel comfortable with them. This doesn't mean that a therapist needs to be your friend; in fact, it shouldn't be that way. However, it does mean that you should have a comfort level with this person. When you're comfortable, you will be able to open up and work well with this professional.

Of course, this comfort level takes time to develop. Even though it is not a friendship, it's a relationship nonetheless. Just as you rarely become instant friends with someone, you may not be instantly comfortable with a new therapist. This is totally normal. Give it some time. However, if you feel strong negative feelings right off the bat, it might be worth it to move on. Therapists are people too, with personalities that may or may not harmonize with your own. Go with your instincts and honor your feelings if you don't feel good with a particular therapist.

Other Tips to Find a Therapist

Everyone wants to find a therapist who is conveniently located to home or work. Some people consult their friends and relatives. If you're not comfortable doing this, don't worry; there are other means. The Internet is a great resource to find a therapist in a geographic location convenient to you. Of course, if you live in or near a big city, you will have many more choices available to you.

Once you have found a therapist in your area, you can do other research online. For example, you can often view that person's credentials, awards and achievements. Also, you can sometimes find other information, such as complaints, as well as any actions taken against that therapeutic professional. Though certainly not comforting information, it is nevertheless information you will want to be aware of when researching potential therapists for yourself.

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