Therapy is awesome! Our founder, Kelsey, has no shame in her therapy game. It gives you a much-needed outside perspective that can keep you grounded when things get tough and ensure you’re taking care of yourself through the ups and downs.
Well, a few weeks ago, we talked about what to expect in talk therapy. And if that piqued your interest, you might be thinking about finding a therapist for yourself.
The good news? There are tons of trained mental health pros across the country ready to help you. The bad news? There are so many options it can feel a little overwhelming.
With that in mind, we have a few tips to help you narrow your choices and find a therapist who feels like a good match for you.
Phone a friend
Or family member. Or colleague. If someone you know and trust is going to therapy, ask them who they’re seeing.
In a lot of instances, therapists won’t see two people who are too close (you probably can’t go to your mom’s therapist, for example). But that therapist may have other people in their office — or in their network, in general — that they can refer you to. At the very least, it gives you a starting point.
We’re living in a very post-phone book age, but a good old directory can still be helpful from time to time. The Anxiety & Depression Association of America has a “find your therapist” tool you can use, for example. The same is true for the National Alliance for Eating Disorders.
Start researching the area you want to explore in therapy (e.g., anxiety, depression, eating disorders, family dynamics, etc.). Finding a reputable organization could mean finding a list of therapists specializing in that field.
Talk to the intake coordinator
Most counseling centers, online therapy providers, etc., have you start the process with an intake coordinator. This isn’t just the receptionist. This person can be a huge help in connecting you to the right therapist.
Be honest with the intake coordinator about what you want to get out of therapy. If you have specific things you want to explore — like art therapy or group sessions — tell them. The more info you give the intake coordinator, the more they’ll be able to steer you toward a therapist who can deliver what you’re wanting.
Don’t be afraid to try someone new
So you finally find a therapist. You see them for a few sessions and get… not much. That’s pretty normal.
A lot of people give up on therapy because they try one therapist and it doesn’t feel like a match. But finding a therapist is a little like dating. You need to explore what’s out there to find the right fit for yourself.
If you’re feeling awkward about breaking up with your current therapist, don’t. This is literally part of the job for them. Any mental health professional worth their salt will be glad you’re on the hunt for someone who resonates with you rather than sticking with something that isn’t working.
And know this: we’re proud of you. Finding a therapist you click with might take some time and some work, but it’s so worth making this investment in yourself.
And if you want a quick and easy win while you’re on the hunt, you know we’ve got you with some delicious Doughp.