Finding a therapist or counselor can easily become overwhelming. It’s hard to know where to even start – and how exactly does insurance work anyway? If this sounds familiar, don’t worry, we’ve outlined some of the most important aspects to finding a therapist or counselor that will work for your needs.
3 Tips for Finding a Good Therapist
Determine Your Needs First, it’s important for you to understand what you’re looking for. Your needs may change over time but try to identify what it is you need right now. Feeling anxious or depressed? Going through a major life change? Just need a sounding board to help you work through your thoughts? Identifying your needs will help you figure out what kind of relationship and care will be most effective for you.
Keep in mind that different credentials mean different things as well.
While a psychiatrist can offer prescription medications, many don’t offer talk therapy.
A clinical psychologist can perform psychological testing, make diagnoses, and some will offer talk therapy. Many psychologists work privately or for a hospital, have specific areas of specialty, and don’t prescribe medication.
Frequently, talk therapy is provided by a licensed clinical social worker (LMSW, LCSW), therapist, or counselor.
Figure out Finances There are many therapists and counselors who participate with insurances, so if you have insurance, that’s a great place to start. You can call the number on your insurance card and find out what kind of coverage you have and for which kind of services.
If you don’t have insurance or will be paying out of pocket, you’ll likely have to do some price comparisons due to the fact that sessions can vary in cost quite a bit. Finding someone who meets your needs is important but being able to sustain that treatment is also important. You may need to adjust your session frequency from weekly to biweekly or monthly, depending on your budget.
Find Chemistry At the end of the day, all the qualifications in the world don’t mean much if you don’t have the right relationship with your therapist or counselor. There needs to be mutual respect, trust, and understanding. But effective therapy is often the result of being challenged, as well as validated.
Your therapist or counselor needs to be able give you constructive ways to change patterns and behaviors in your life, and you need to leave feeling empowered to make those changes so real progress can occur.
Remember that taking care of your mental health is taking care of your overall health. Choosing to see a professional is not only normal, but healthy. Finding the right therapist or counselor can help spark all kinds of positive change in your life. If you’d like to learn more about Neurocore’s counseling services, give us a call at 800.600.4096.