A Guide to Finding the Right Therapist



A therapist is a person who is trained and licensed to practice psychotherapy. This is the first point of contact for a person seeking therapy care. All mental health care starts here. 

The primary role of the therapist is to help Individuals navigate their problems by helping them in processing the challenges of their everyday lives. Usually, people go for therapy to resolve any underlying issues, Internal struggles, and mental health-related problems when they are having difficulty doing it themselves. 


Why Do People Need to Seek Therapy?

“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.” Fred Rogers

Therapy is a kind of treatment. Mental therapy is mental treatment. It is the most subtle way to put it. Like every other problem, big or small, people need help. 
There is a common misconception that people who are crazy need to go and seek therapy. 

It has grown over the years and it's high time we know that that’s not it. Therapy deals with much more vast everyday problems as well. It is wrong of us to merely consider it for a few and narrow down the scope of therapy when it can actually help us. 

A therapeutic relationship is no less than a journey and that is what you need to understand.  It can be overwhelming. It can overwhelmingly go north or south. The thought itself might be hampering you and could b too much for you to handle. 

It is important to understand that whatever you feel or go through mentally is okay. However, finding the right therapist is important for you to go ahead with therapy. 

One of the most important things for you to remember is that there isn’t a perfect time for you to start therapy or in other words, you do not have to weigh alone for your problems to become unmanageable to seek help.

If your emotions are a jumbled ball of wool then your therapist is the one who is sorting it out for you to progress and process further. 

Finding the right therapist can be a difficult road to take. One often seems lost and trusting someone else takes faith. But just like any other relationship, finding the right vibe with the right person is seemingly important for one to benefit from the crisis.  


Factors That Must Be Considered

Picking what therapy is best suited for your problem is an important step to take. This narrows it down to which therapist we must seek. Therapists have their credentials. It is important to not skip going through that part while making a decision on picking someone. 

This also involves and says a lot about their ideas and values. It also happens that sometimes we follow the credentials and go for therapy only to end up disappointed. It is crucial to note that does not define how your therapy is going to be or what therapeutic relationship you’re going to have. 

What’s on the paper is only a deciding factor and not your experience. Checking if your therapist is licensed for providing service is important. More than the bond, it is a requisite factor for the therapist to know what he/she is doing since matters are often sensitive and fragile. 

You can look for their reputation/ complaints in the state regulatory board. 
Therapists nowadays charge a hefty amount for consultation. That is also a major deciding factor and is one of the reasons why there are only some who seek it. 

Researching well into it is vital. Other aspects like the gender of the person, their age, their location can also help in deciding a suitable person for you. It is no less than an art. 


Conclusion 

Finding a therapist is an art. It hits a lot of trials and errors before you meet the one that would help you understand yourself better. For some, it might be their first but what’s appreciable is that you are going for it. 

It is commendable that you are working for making yourself be better and take care of yourself because the bottom line is always what is good for you. After all, self-care is self-love. 


Written by - Aatreyi Dutta

Edited by - Aishwarya Khandekar

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