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In therapy, it is important that you engage with someone who you enjoy spending time with, who understands and supports you, and who knows how to improve your condition and teach you valuable coping mechanisms. Although these qualities seem like a given, not all therapists embody them and you will not have chemistry with every therapist that you visit. But that’s just part of the therapy process, so here are some ways to make it easier for you to find someone who can meet all of the above requirements and more.

Right Therapist for You

Determine your own needsin terms of treatment

The first step you need to take is to determine your needs. These needs include the type of treatment that you require based on your current circumstances and how you feel most comfortable coping with them.

The first step you need to take is to determine your needs. These needs include the type of treatment that you require based on your current circumstances and how you feel most comfortable coping with them. To begin this process, you need to first establish which type of therapist and what kind of therapy is going to help you best.

For example, if you suffer from an eating disorder, you should not seek out a therapist with a specialty in family therapy. You need a therapist who specializes in nutrition and who will get to the roots of your situation. It’s important to do research before seeking out a specific therapist or type of therapy. Once you’ve identified these needs, you can begin moving on to the next step.

Come up with a list of personal preferences

Now that you’ve identified the type of treatment and the type of therapist who will deliver the treatment that you need, it is time to figure out your own personal preferences. Although treatment is the number one concern, if you are not compatible with the person who is treating you, you are not going to reap the benefits of the treatment in the same manner you would with someone else who you actually connect with.

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That being said, what kind of person are you looking for? Are you more comfortable with a male or female therapist? Are you looking for a therapist who is much older than yourself or are you looking for a therapist who is a little closer to your age? Do you need a therapist who is expressive, challenging, and who gives you homework, or are you looking for who is warmer, comforting, and keeps therapy in the office? These are the types of preferences that you need to think about after you identify your therapeutic needs.

Start experimenting with therapists in your area

Now that you have a better idea of what kind of help you need and a better picture of the person who can most effectively provide that treatment, you can begin searching for these therapists in your area. One great way to look for therapists is to simply go online and look up, “therapist near me”. From the results provided, you can get a better idea of the services offered in your area and you will also get a summary of the therapists and their specialties. When you feel you have found a good fit, set up an appointment with them. If you feel that the first appointment went well, then perfect! If not, you can continue seeking out therapists until you find one who connects well with you. Don’t fret, this process often requires trial and error and you may not find the right one for you immediately. However, they are most certainly out there.

Finding the right therapist is crucial if you want to be effectively treated. So remain steadfast in your search and you will definitely find the right therapist for you.

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