Mental Health

What Therapists Wish You Knew About Therapy

It's okay to 'shop around' for the right therapist

Finding the right therapist may require some work on your part. To gain the most benefit from your sessions, you’ll want someone who makes you feel comfortable. Having a connection with your therapist is important, as it’ll make you feel more confident about opening up to them. Many people shop around, comparing therapist profiles and reviews online before setting up a meeting. This is a practical, smart move to ensure you get the most bang for your buck.

Besides the internet, you can ask friends and family for referrals, or even call up the therapist and ask them about their specialties and skills. (Note: if you’re uncomfortable making a phone call, try sending an email.)

Ultimately, trust your own judgement. More often than not, you’ll know in the first session if a therapist is right for you. If you’re not clicking with them, don’t be discouraged. Try again with someone else; you’ll find your guide eventually.