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
Here are some tips in finding the right therapist
that I hope you find helpful:
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
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.
appointment scheduling and availability for sessions. Counseling
may require many sessions. Flexible schedules may be important to
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!
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.
remember… you always have a right to interview
your therapist before you become a client.