Choosing a Therapist
It is important to find a therapist whom you judge to be sufficiently experienced to address your concerns, with whom you are comfortable, and with whom you feel some affinity. Research into the effectiveness of psychotherapy suggests that if these fundamentals are not met, the therapeutic process is significantly restricted.
There are many different ways to look for a therapist to work with. You might talk to family members and friends to find out if they have any recommendations. If you prefer to go on line, a helpful resource is www.counsellingbc.com where many BC psychotherapists are listed. When you have a list of potential therapists, make a list of questions about what is important for you to find out in making a decision. Then, phone the therapists on your list and interview them. Choose a therapist who makes time to answer your questions to your satisfaction. When you make your visit, trust your intuition.
- Do I feel comfortable with this person?
- Do I feel there is a connection between us?
- Does he or she have the knowledge and experience to be able to help me?
- Am I prepared to make a commitment to being open with this person so that I can better understand myself and my relations with others?
- Do I believe this person can help me to discover what I need to know and do in order to make the changes I want to make in my life?