"Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I will always be grateful for having met
you and worked with you."

Quote from former client.

 Difficulties are a normal and natural part of being alive. We all have bad days. However, sometimes these challenges may seem over-whelming or the bad days turn into weeks, months or even years. When this occurs professional assistance from a qualified mental health professional might be in order. Remember, many of the difficulties that we face can be treated. There is hope!

If you have decided to request the assistance of a professional the next question might be:

How do I find the right therapist?

It is important that you feel comfortable with your therapist. You will be sharing a great deal of personal information with him/her. There must be a level of comfort and trust in this professional relationship.

Here are some tips in finding the right therapist that I hope you find helpful:

Ask friends whom they might have used in the past. This is probably the best way to get information on the skills and style of the individual therapist.

Therapists represent a number of different professions. For example there are psychiatrist (MD), clinical social workers (LMSW-ACP), Psychologists (PhD) and licensed professional counselors (LPC). If you have any questions about your therapist’s qualifications or areas of specialty, please ask.

Inquire into appointment scheduling and availability for sessions. Counseling may require many sessions. Flexible schedules may be important to you.

If you are dealing with issues of sexual orientation, inquire about the therapist’s views and level of related experience. It is important to find a therapist who is lifestyle affirming!

Inquire into the therapist’s fee prior to seeing the therapist. This is an important issue for many individuals and you have a right to know in advance.

If you think that your therapist has acted inappropriately or in an unethical manner, you have a right to file a complaint. Their code of ethics should be publicly posted in their office or waiting area.

And remember… you always have a right to interview your therapist before you become a client.