When searching for a Mental Health Therapist you must first know what your needs are and why you're seeking help. This first step is critical to locating and building a good relationship with your therapist. Be transparent, be prepared to go into detail, set your boundaries, and know that this first step is a healthy one.
My experience (short version): Over the past 8 years or so, I have found 2 therapists who get me, who listen intentionally with professionalism, solutions, guidance, and empathy. 8 long years and only 2 were a good fit for me. I say this to say, every therapist you sit down with will not be able to provide the type of service you're paying for.
Here is a list of things to think about when looking for your new therapist:
After you've found your therapist! YAY! We are moving in a positive direction!
After you have found your therapist, make a decision to commit. Commitment is very important for your healing, peace, and future. During your sessions, continue to ask questions--if you're an introvert, I would suggest writing your questions down before going to your session. This method may help you open up a little easier and feel more comfortable asking hard questions.
This is when the work really begins. And the truth is... you're going to have to implement the plan you and your therapist put in place. This sounds easy, but truthfully its a commitment to your mental well being. You will be given tools that you will need to use consistently to make and see the positive changes.
I wish each of you a journey that exceeds your expectations. No matter what you're suffering from, talking to people; especially a therapist will propel your life to a whole new level.
Brandlyn Owens is passionate about exploring and educating herself and others about mental health topics. She's a momma of 2 kiddos and she resides in Durham, NC.