Finding the right therapist can be a difficult task if you don’t know what to look for. Moreover, research has found that the right therapist-client fit can impact how effective you will be at reaching your therapeutic goals and grow as an individual.
No matter the circumstances, finding the right therapist is an important part of your mental health journey. You should look forward to going to therapy and learning more about yourself.
If you’re searching for the best therapist for you, here are some criteria to look for that can help create a good fit with your future mental health provider:
Type of Therapy
Do you have a problem that you want to solve right now or is it more long-term? Are you creative or linear-thinking?
There are over 100 different types of therapies ranging from improving relationships to examining your subconscious, and finding the right approach is an important first step.
Several types of therapy may be a good fit for you and there are free online tools that can help match you to therapists that best fit your needs.
Sense of Connection
Finding a therapist is a lot like dating; you are looking for someone that you are compatible with. While a provider could have the skills and expertise needed to help you, the relationship may not work well if you don’t feel a personal connection.
There may be times that you discuss topics that make you uncomfortable or vulnerable, so it is important to choose a therapist that puts you at ease.
Whatever your needs are, Mental Health Match can help you find a therapist that is the best fit for you.
When you’re in therapy, it can be helpful to talk to someone who has had similar life experiences or a similar background. Some factors to consider are gender, age, religious beliefs and sexual orientation or experiences such as parenthood or being a veteran.
By identifying with your therapist, you are more likely to understand them, agree on the best methods to meet your therapeutic goals, and feel safe, comfortable and secure.
Means of Communication
You’ll want to consider the ease of getting to your therapist, your schedule and how much you will need to visit. You may choose to travel further for a specific specialist or someone you just really click with!
Online or remote therapy is also a great option to consider that is generally more affordable, has a greater number of therapists available to you and can be done from the comfort of your home.
Learn more about the pros and cons for seeing a therapist in-person vs. online or remote.
Match with the Best Therapist
There are plenty of compassionate therapists that can help you, but it may take some time to find the right one.
Mental Health Match knows how important it is to find the best fit and, through our free survey, we can quickly match you to therapists who are qualified to meet your specific needs.