How would I know if I have the right therapist?

How do you know you have the right therapist for you?

How would I know how to "train" my therapist to be able to give me what I need from treatment?

Brandon Shurn
Brandon Shurn
Here to EmPower You

Knowing you have the right therapist will depend largely on what you are looking for. What type of personality do you have? What are you seeking therapeutic services for? Another critical question to consider is "what do I expect from my therapist?" Having a solid grasp of those questions would benefit you as you begin to look at the various therapist directories and bios of potential matches. Ultimately, and I'm sure this has been stated numerous times throughout the thread, but it is worth repeating, there is no sure-fire way to know just from reading words on a website or directory whether the person would be a great fit for you. It will require you to actually engage in a conversation of sorts with the therapist. This could take the form of a free consultation call, or the initial intake session. This leads to the second part of your question.

How to train your therapist will be determined by many factors, the first one is understanding what you need and what you want may not be the same exactly. What you need and or want could change from session to session, so your therapist should be able to shift as necessary. Consider taking your vehicle to a mechanic or dealership because you know you need to get your tires rotated and oil changed. After the inspection, you are informed that you also need to replace your spark plugs. You might decline the offer, and stick with the oil change and tire rotation and your mechanic should be okay with that because ultimately, you are not ready to address the need to change your spark plugs. Working with your therapist should be the same. The biggest part will be you advocating for yourself and your therapist collaborating with you to address those areas that you indicate need addressing.

The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide.   If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room.

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