If you’re thinking about giving therapy a try or looking for a therapist for your child, you might be understandably feeling a bit uncertain or nervous about getting started. You may have questions about what it might look like, whether you or your child are ready, how to find the right therapist, and more. Here is some information about therapy that can help you figure out if therapy is right for you or your child and how it might help.
When can therapy help?
There are many benefits from therapy, such as:
Finding the right therapist:
You can find listings of therapists online, though word of mouth, and through doctors and other medical professionals. Finding the right one for you or your child might seem overwhelming if there are a lot of choices. You or your child will feel more comfortable with a therapist that is a good match. Ideally this is someone who:
You might also want to think about any other specific characteristics you may be looking for in a therapist. For example, some people would prefer to work with a therapist that matches them more closely in age, gender, race, culture, or religion. Reading a therapist’s bio or profile can give you an idea of their credentials, experience, and any specializations they may have. Speaking directly with a therapist for a consultation can also provide an opportunity to determine if they could be a good match. Clearly communicating your needs and goals to a prospective therapist will help them to know if they are able to provide you with what you need.
Once you find the therapist that is right for you, you and/or your child will work together with the therapist to identify concerns, understand how these concerns impact your life, and create and implement a plan that will help you to tackle the problems that are getting in the way of well-being and happiness.
If you are ready to take the first step, contact us for a free consultation.
Written by Lisa Brandon