There is no doubt that your mental health should be treated just as importantly as your physical health. In many cases, the two go hand-in-hand. Just as you would take the time to carefully research doctors and surgeons before a medical appointment or operation, it is also important for you to take the time to do your research when choosing the right therapist for your mental health issues.
Identify Your Issues
Luckily, the process for selecting a mental health professional is much like choosing a doctor. You first ask yourself what the underlying issue might be. When looking for a doctor, you don’t call a gastroenterologist when your problem is a broken arm. When it comes to choosing the right therapist, it is best to know what you need help with. You wouldn’t want to seek help from a therapist who specializes in (and strictly focuses on) addiction counseling if you don’t have a problem with addiction. Only you know what it is that is troubling you and what issues you need to have addressed.
Discover Your Options
The world of mental health is changing rapidly for the better, and there are more diverse issues that therapists are trained for and passionate about. Because of this, there are more therapists willing and able to talk about issues that were previously considered too sensitive for people to discuss. At Keri Powell Therapy, we have therapists who are knowledgeable about a wide array of issues pertinent to the mental health community, including the more sensitive subjects of addiction, post-partum depression, and abuse. Of course, we also have therapists who can help you with personal growth, self-esteem, coping skills, or spiritual concerns. Whatever issues you need help dealing with we have a therapist who can help you.
Do Your Research
With so many therapists to choose from, figuring out which one is right for you may seem overwhelming, even when you know what you need help with. There are many therapists who may specialize in the issues for which you need help, and choosing the right therapist out of so many is the next step. Most therapists provide a short paragraph about themselves, and in many cases, they are willing to talk to you and answer any questions you might have before your appointment. Many times, it is a trial and error experience.
All of our mental health professionals come with years of experience and several of them would likely be a great choice for your situation, but you need to decide which one is the right choice for you. We know that you take your mental health seriously, and we want to make sure that you are getting the best help you can and that you are comfortable with whomever you choose to help you along your mental health journey.
Choosing the right therapist can seem like a daunting task, but by knowing your mental health needs and doing a little bit of research, you will be better equipped to make an informed decision. Feel free to contact us with your questions. We are here to help.