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  • Finding the Right Therapist in Your City

    We have started a new year, and many of us have made commitments to make changes that will allow our best selves to shine through. We know where to go for assistance if we need it.

    For instance, if we want to get into good physical shape, we know where to head which is to our local gym and get help from a personal trainer. If we want to eat better to prevent disease, we ask our doctor to refer us to a licensed nutritionist.

    And when we want to work on our mental and emotional health, we know we should seek support from a licensed mental health counselor. But finding the right one is not easy and it can seem overwhelming to many and stop them from getting the help they need.

    With this in mind, here are some tips on finding the right therapist in your local city or town:

    Ask for Personal Recommendations

    There was a time when discussing mental health was considered taboo. But now, luckily many people are more open to the idea of seeking therapy. Perhaps you know someone who has or is currently visiting a therapist they enjoy.

    Ask Your Doctor

    In the case that you already have a good relationship with a doctor, dentist, or anyone in the medical field who honors your confidentiality, they can be a great resource for a mental health professional referral since they are connected to many people in the medical field.

    Use Your Insurance Company

    Those of you who are fortunate enough to be covered by an insurance company with a stellar customer service department, you might want to ask them to recommend a therapist in your network whom they have vetted.

    Do an Internet Search

    For those who don’t know anyone personally, you can conduct an online search for therapists in your area. One of the best places to start your search is a website called Psychology Today. This site has a comprehensive list of therapists from around the country. To be listed on here requires a minimum of professional qualifications. In other words, a therapist cannot be listed on this site unless and until they can prove they have a legitimate advanced degree in their discipline and an up-to-date professional license or certification.

    Let this be the year you tackle any issues you are facing to live your best life. The beginning of the year is a time to start fresh!

    If you live in the area and would like to explore treatment options, please reach out to me. I would be more than happy to discuss how I may be able to help.

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