Choosing the Right Psychiatrist for you

The Right Psychiatrist for you
One of the hardest things that you will ever have to do is admitting that you need help to face life’s situation.

Once you have decided to seek psychotherapy, it is important to find someone that you feel you can connect with - somebody that you can feel truly understands where you are and who you are. Most importantly, you want to find somebody to trust with your innermost feelings and thoughts.

Finding a therapist is one decision that you shouldn’t rush. It should take some time and effort. If you select a therapist you don’t feel connected with, it is highly likely that you will not make a lot of progress. Here are some effective tips for finding the right therapist:

1. Research

It is very important to research a therapist. You should not only research therapists but you should also research the different types of therapy offered and familiarize yourself with them. The common types of therapy include group therapy, individual therapy, couples therapy, and family therapy.

2. Experience

If you go to see a therapist for a specific issue, look for one with experience in that area. If you had eye problems, you would see an ophthalmologist and not an oncologist; why should you treat your therapy differently? You will find therapists that specialize in various issues with some specializing in several. To find your unique fit, look for experience.

3. Try Making an Early Connection

Find out whether the therapist that you are interested in offers consultation. This will give you the chance to ask questions and get a general “feel” of your chosen therapist. During this period, it is important to ask questions about the treatment philosophy, how they have helped other people, and how they feel they can help you, or any other important questions that you may have. Once you leave, it is important to assess your level of comfort when interacting with the therapist, if you believed that the therapist was sincere, and whether you feel that you can be honest without feeling criticized or judged.

4. Check Insurance and Licensing

Therapists are not always licensed and this is perfectly okay. If you decide to see a licensed therapist, make sure that you check their license. To check whether the therapist’s license is current and in good standing, you can contact the state licensing board. You can even check whether any complaints have been filed against the therapist. This information can be found online in most states, but if you are unable to access it there, you should call the board. If you have insurance and wish to use it, it can be a good idea to find out the requirements of your insurance provider. Some insurance providers will require that you be treated by a psychiatrist, psychologist, or a licensed therapist. It is also important to ensure that the therapist accepts your insurance.

5. Avoid Settling

If you aren’t comfortable with the therapist that you have chosen, remember that you are always free to change therapists. You might have to see a few before finding one that’s the right fit for you. It is also important to continue with your search until you feel accepted and understood. Signs that you need to change your therapist include not feeling heard, feeling uncomfortable, or when the therapist constantly gives directives or advice or when he/she talks more that he/she listens.

It is always a huge step to take the step to seek help for any problem. It takes a great deal of courage to admit that you cannot face your issues by yourself. Make the best possible decision by taking the necessary time and doing proper research to choose the right therapist for you. If you remain honest, open, and willing to receive help, the therapeutic process can be highly beneficial and productive.