Welcome. It takes a lot of courage to seek professional help, and you are taking the first step toward your journey of recovery and healing.
Choosing a therapist is a very important and personal decision. I would encourage you to take your time in this process and do your homework before selecting a therapist. Some criteria to consider:
- Credentials (Are they licensed and are they a member of any accredited organizations).
- Education level and quality of school.
- Experience and background - What types of clients and situations does the therapist work with? Just like doctors, therapists treat a variety of issues so be sure to find the one that is right for your particular situation.
- Is it a good fit for you? This is perhaps the most important thing to consider. You should take the time to talk to the therapist prior to setting up your first appointment to see if you click and if you think it may be a good fit. Don't just take the first person who picks up the phone and schedule an appointment.
Trust your instincts! You could have a Harvard educated therapist with every letter behind their name but if you don't click with them, you're not going to feel comfortable in the relationship. If you don’t feel truly comfortable in the counseling relationship, then you are not going to make the same level of progress that you would with someone with whom you feel a connection and a sense of safety, trust, and security. When this type of reciprocal relationship exists, this is when the real progress and healing begins.