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Finding a therapist who's right for you

Updated: Apr 5, 2021

This is probably the most frequently asked question I get from people seeking counseling. Finding a therapist who is suitable to support your specific needs is usually not an easy task. The decision is based on many factors, which of course include qualifications and methods used, and availability.

But, depending on your current situation and needs, you may also want to consider such aspects like their age, personality, and background!

The IMHPJ website is very clear about counselors' qualifications, skills, and approaches. Some counselors have a specific approach (for example, CBT, Gestalt Therapy or Positive Psychology) while others focus on certain groups (for example, children, couples or the LGBT community). There is a wide range of professionals available, so find one that you think would suit your needs.

Lastly, there should never be any pressure to sign-up for counseling, nor should you feel uncomfortable terminating any counseling relationship. This should be done without fear or guilt. I don't know of any counselor connected to IMHPJ that would make a client feel otherwise. In that sense, and in my opinion, a person isn't making a "bad" investment by seeking mental health support, even if after a couple of sessions you decide counseling (or that specific therapist) isn't right for you. Overall, if the process leads to a better understanding of yourself, then it's worth the time.

For those considering therapy, I would recommend browsing the IMHPJ website, and finding a few therapists you think might be a good fit. Make a chart of their approaches, availability, and any other aspect that you feel is important to you. There is nothing wrong with wanting a counselor who is young or old--it is your personal choice. Do a quick web search to learn more about their approaches, and contact the ones you think might be able to help. All of them should offer to have a brief chat with you to introduce themselves and learn a bit more about you, free of charge.

Please also remember that a therapist might not feel like you are a good fit for their style and approach. Like any relationship, the road goes both ways.

Lastly, don't worry about sharing your information with a therapist, and then deciding not to use them. Everything is confidential, so you don't have to worry about your business being "out there."

I hope this information is helpful. If I can be of further assistance, please let me know. If I'm not a good fit for you, I may be able to recommend someone who could be.

Good luck!

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