Individual therapy is such a personal and often intimate experience. The things spoken in therapy have sometimes never even left those four walls before. Because of this private sharing experience, it can be intimidating for many. Choosing the right therapist for you can actually take several tries. It’s imperative that you feel comfortable with someone that you plan to share your most private details and innermost thoughts. Here are some tips on finding the right individual therapist for you.
Know That it Might Take a Few Tries
It’s totally normal to not find the therapist right for you on the first try. Even if they are the right one it might not feel “right” immediately. It’s okay to try out a few different ones until you find one you’re comfortable with. Remember, this is a person that you will be sharing a lot of intimate personal details with so you want to feel as comfortable as possible.
Don’t be Afraid to Ask Questions
Typically, most therapists will have several specific areas of expertise. Some specialize in depression and anxiety while others specialize in addiction or eating disorders. Even though every case is different and unique, It’s okay to ask your therapist if they have experience dealing with what your in for. This way you can find out if they’re going to be able to help you in the ways that you need them to.
Use your Intuition
Sometimes, for whatever reason, our gut tells us a situation or a person is not good. In all cases, but especially for therapy, you need to listen to it. Many therapists have photos of themselves online so you can screen them before you see them. If for some reason you get a strange feeling then don’t seek their help. Again, this is a person you will be sharing a lot of intimate details with and you’ll want to feel as safe and comfortable as possible.
Individual therapy is an amazing and transformative experience. Whether you’re dealing with depression, anxiety, or major life changes, it can help provide you with the tools necessary to face these challenges. With individual therapy you can find your inner strength and learn how to healthily and effectively handle life. If you are considering therapy but aren’t sure if it’s right for you, call us today to schedule a consultation. Together we can determine if it’s the right move for you.