Just as every person is unique, every approach to therapy will be unique as well. That’s why it’s important to narrow down your options to find the mental health professional who is right for you. It’s important to keep in mind that sometimes the first therapist you try might not be the right one for you and in that case, it’s perfectly okay to keep looking to find someone who meshes well with your needs. To help you narrow down the options, here are some questions to ask yourself.
Do you often wish you could simply talk to someone who would listen with an impartial ear?
If this is the case, a counselor or therapist could be a great first line of defense. Consider the issues that you’re struggling with the most and look for counselors or therapists who are dedicated to treating those particular points.
Is it important to you that your mental health professional can prescribe psychiatric medications?
If you know you might be dealing with an issue that could require medication to treat, you’ll want to look at seeing a psychiatrist. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who has the power to prescribe medications.
Does a professional’s level of training matter to you?
If you want to see someone who has years of clinical experience and training, as well as a high level of education, a psychologist or psychiatrist could be your choice since they have doctoral degrees.
What kind of budget do you have?
Therapy can be expensive, especially when seeing a psychologist or psychiatrist. How much your insurance will cover and how much you are willing to spend out of pocket, can help determine the options. Read more about funding mental health treatment below.