The conversations around mental health have become much more open and honest these days. As a result, more people seek out therapy, which can take up plenty of time and effort.
The importance of therapy is something that most experts cannot stress enough. Those who are fortunate enough to seek out therapy should do so by all means and prepare to do some work beforehand.
Experts have found that the relationship between a patient and therapist significantly affects the patient’s growth. Consequently, we have collated a guide to finding a therapist that will nurture your needs perfectly.
Your Perfect Match
Many experts have found that the bond between a therapist and a patient can determine how helpful therapy is. This bond is called the ‘therapeutic alliance,’ and many factors affect this connection.
To forge a good therapeutic alliance, the patient and therapist must agree on therapy goals and methods. The pair must also be mutually willing to work with one another and communicate effectively.
It is impossible to know how well you will connect with someone from face value, but you can consider three things. Consider your therapist’s gender, age, and religion to choose someone you’ll connect best with.
Check Your Provider Directory
Unfortunately, therapy is not as affordable as one would like, so one may have to go through an insurance plan. While the medical insurance plan is more affordable, it can limit your options on which therapists you can see.
In this case, it is essential to consult your insurance provider’s network to find a therapist who accepts your plan. You should also check if your provider limits the number of sessions you get with a therapist.
If you find that your plan may limit your sessions and costs more for an out-of-network therapist, expand your search. It is worth exploring some of the resources your school, work, or neighborhood community may have.
There are also plenty of online therapy apps that may help cut the costs if you are okay with going digital. Betterhelp and Talkspace are two helpful online therapy apps that offer excellent tools for affordable therapy.
Know Your Goals Beforehand
Thinking about the goals you want to reach during therapy is vital to going on your search for a therapist. There are different types of therapists with different methods and credentials for various goals for patients.
Try to take some time to identify your symptoms, condition, and feelings and navigate what you’d like to change. By doing this, you may find you need a support group or a psychiatrist instead of a talk therapist.
If your goals change while you’re seeing a therapist, you should express that to them. The therapist should be willing to shift your treatment methods to your changing needs, or you can change therapists as you evolve.
Consulting resources specific to your needs can also help you reach your goals much easier. Whether you’re dealing with LGBTQ issues, trauma, an eating disorder, or issues that affect people of color, there’s a resource for you.