When you are amidst a mental health crisis, looking for a therapist in itself can be a gruesome task. The right therapist who can help you heal is ideal, however, one wrong step and you can end up with someone who doesn't match up to your energies and leaves you dumbfounded. How to avoid this mistake? Let's look at some steps you can follow to find the right therapist. The first and obvious one is to ask someone close to you who has been to therapy or a friend who belongs in the field itself. A word of caution though, if you go to a recommended therapist and don’t feel the connection. It’s alright to leave and look for another one. It’s essential to understand that therapy is supposed to make you feel at ease and not increase problems.
Secondly, look at the experience of the therapist. Experience in the field of psychology entails dealing with a wide range of mental health problems. The more experience the therapist has, the better treatment you receive. More often, therapists have specific specializations. For example, psycho-oncologists deal with emotional issues related to cancer, while trauma psychologists deal with issues relating to trauma. Try to look for a psychologist that specializes in the problem you are facing. It will ensure that your therapist treats you from a place of the highest knowledge and insight.
Moving on, look at the therapist’s credentials and license. Make sure
the counselor has a valid license and is
affiliated with the board. For example, if you find a clinical psychologist in India, check if they are RCI registered.
Last, trust your gut. If you don’t feel the connection, even though the therapist holds a license and has the experience yet you cannot
trust the therapist, it’s okay to walk out. Therapy works best when it’s voluntary and when your therapist creates a safe space for you.
How do you know if therapy is working and that you've met the right therapist? Simple, by asking yourself these questions:
Question 1: Are you able to communicate problems easily and feel heard?
Question 2: Are aspects of your life improving?
Question 3: Do you feel that you are starting to understand yourself deeply?
Question 4: Are you able to follow up with the homework and goals that you have set with your therapist?
Question 5: Do you feel more confident now?
To conclude, looking for a therapist may require a little effort from your side. However, once you find the right one, you will see yourself grow through thick and thin like a butterfly from its cocoon.
Meet Pragya! She is the wordsmith here. She is a people person who likes to know about different lives, explore new disciplines and fields. Moreover, she is a psychology graduate, looking forward to making a career in the said field whilst enveloped in reading, writing, and researching. She hopes to leave an impact and provide value through her work.