Questions to Ask Yourself When Finding the Right Therapist to Talk to

Sometimes, it can be hard to admit that somehow, something is wrong in the deep recesses of our minds. What we actually feel and what we perceive ourselves to be can be different from one another, and it is important that we address this imbalance with a professional to help us clear out our personal issues. In this aspect, finding the right therapist should not be a tricky process to sort out. When you are in the process of looking for your therapist try to answer the following questions before settling on a decision.

1. What do I specifically want to address to my therapist? Knowing what you want to address to a therapist can help you come up with the right questions to ask prior to setting up a long-term relationship with them. Logically, the issues you want to raise should match the therapeutic services that they currently offer in their office. After all, what is the point in going to a therapist who knows nothing about treating phobias when you want someone to help you with your fear of taking long flights aboard an airplane? If you are living in San Francisco, therapists that treat phobias, depression, trauma and anxiety are not difficult to search for. Given the many worldly problems and stresses that we encounter every day, it is not surprising to find therapists in every conceivable corner in the city.

2. How does this group of therapists treat their patients? Once you have recognized what you want to address with a therapist, it is important to know the methods or interventions that a potential therapist will. Therapeutic services vary from one center to another, but it would usually cover services such as counseling, hypnotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Inquire whether they use a combination of different therapies in treating phobias since there are types of phobias that are best treated with talk therapy plus hypnosis as a supplementary intervention.

Rest assured, if you have no idea what kind of treatment you truly need, have your potential therapist walk you through the suggested therapies he or she can help you with to address your situation.

3. How much does their professional fee cost? Most therapy centers would not divulge information about their rates and price range up front. These bits of practical information are likely to be revealed once you get to sit down and talk to them. Inquire whether they take insurance. Most insurance companies would cover therapeutic services, but this coverage is largely dependent on the center's available modes of payment. If you will be paying straight out of your pocket, ask what the payment terms are. Should you pay for the first 3 sessions or is the payment done right after every session is finished? Be practical about the rates and the price range of your therapist, and know on the get go whether you can dedicate a budget solely for this or not. At the end of the day, you would not want to burden yourself further by having financial problems to worry about.

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