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Finding the Right Psychotherapist
There are times when we feel the need for help just getting by with life. These are probably times when we need to work with a psychotherapist. But how do we pick the right one
First off, remember that a psychotherapist is someone you should feel comfortable with. Therapy is hardly easy, and a psychotherapist is not there as your buddy. Still, you’d like someone who will respect you and all the things about you. Your psychotherapist should get your hundred percent trust, and you should never have to lie to them for any reason. Otherwise, they’re not helping you.
Very importantly, you should feel that the therapist is actually helping you. If that’s not the case, then you should start looking for another expert.
Second, choose a psychotherapist who has been practicing the profession for a considerable time – maybe a minimum of ten years to be safe. And they should have the appropriate state or territory licensing.
Psychologists, for example, can only call and advertise themselves “psychologists” if they have a valid license. Clinical social workers will usually have an “L” before their degree, as in L.C.S.W. There are states where clinical social workers are not required to be licensed, or to present licensure in this format.
When in doubt, do some research and try to learn more about the therapist you’re interested in. Professionals know that answering questions like this is part of their job. A psychotherapist who has a degree will have it follow their name in their adverts, or it could be a legal requirement in some states as well.
In any case, choose someone who has extensive training and experience as a psychotherapist, and avoid those with the opposite. In some states, for example, you may find that a high school diploma is all a person needs to become a
Certified Addictions Counselor. While this may seem impressive, people need very little training to earn this title, as compared to the rest.
If you think therapy is easy, maybe you should try working harder, or you can also try finding a new psychotherapist. Don’t hesitate to stand up for yourself and keep looking for the right therapist.
Referrals are still the best when it comes to finding a good professional. Nothing beats talking to someone who has actually experienced being a client of the psychotherapist you’re eying. If you can’t get any referrals for some reason, read Internet reviews on reputable third-party websites (marketing websites tend to be biased) for more accurate info.
Finally, compare different psychotherapists rather than focusing on a single prospect at a time. This is the only accurate way of knowing which one is indeed the best for you.