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Five Tips To Find The Right Therapist For You


The concept of therapy has existed and expanded upon for decades now, with new types of therapy being discovered almost every day.

Theoretically, more forms of therapy should mean more people being included. While this is true, if you have ever scrolled through Netflix, you will know that having more choices isn’t always a good thing.

This isn’t to say that new forms of therapy are bad. Rather, the issue lies within our ability to select the right approach for ourselves. Many barriers to healthcare exist, but the one we can eliminate is finding a therapy approach that works for us.

Before we begin, it is important to note that you should not hesitate to reach out to a healthcare professional if needed. In Florida, for instance, over 32.3% of adults reported experiencing anxiety or depression. That means there are a lot of people probably going through exactly the same thing you are.

Decide What Your Budget Will Be

This one is fairly straightforward, but there is a reason for its inclusion on this list. When it is said you should ‘decide what your budget should be,’ the decision contains a few more steps than you might expect.

Deciding a budget is an act of prioritization. Therefore, when you are picking a budget for a therapy session, you should make the decision, keeping in mind that your mental health is as important to your well-being as your physical health is.

Many insurance providers also make provisions for mental health care, though it might be a little hard to come by. In Florida, only 54.2% of patients with mental illness had private insurance. If you have the option, however, it might be a good idea to use it.

Let’s not mix things up. Healthcare in the U.S. is expensive, and while everyone has a budget, try to make sure that if you can afford it, you hold onto a good therapist even if it costs you a few dollars extra.

Picking The Right Approach

This decision is made partly by your therapist but also partly by you. When someone tells you they’re going for therapy, they could be talking about anything from psychoanalytic therapy to art therapy.

Some common types of therapy include (but are not limited to):

  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

A good way to go about making this decision is to look at it this way: While your doctor is better equipped to decide what works for you, you are better equipped to decide what doesn’t.

If you have been recommended a certain form of therapy that is not making you see an improvement even after an extended period of time, look into finding a different approach that is better suited to you.

Find A Licenced Therapist Near You

Everyone has their ‘local physician’ who is located in close proximity, making it very convenient to make it to the clinic when needed. A similar approach can be beneficial when it comes to taking care of your mental health.

While many make a good case for online therapy, finding a local therapist might not hurt. If you live in Florida, for instance, find yourself a Florida therapist.

Another thing to keep in mind is that there is a dearth of healthcare professionals. In Florida, 23.6% of people reported feeling anxiety or depression without being able to meet their need for mental health care. This could potentially cause an increase in prices.

Therapist And Patient Compatibility

It is not incorrect that there are good and bad therapists. However, discounting those who engage in medical malpractices, a more accurate way to state this would be to say that there are good therapists and bad therapists for you.

Finding yourself a therapist is not simply about their credentials, though they are essential. It is also about finding a therapist that is a good fit for you.

For instance, 22.8% of adults in 2021 had some type of mental illness. For the LGBTQ+ community, however, this rate stood at 50.2%. This is not to say that only a therapist from your community can cater to your needs. However, find yourself a therapist who is empathetic to who you are, your background, and the complexities of your identity.

Zencare notes how every therapist is not equipped to conduct different therapy types. If you find that a certain therapist’s approach is not working for you, do not hesitate to look at alternate approaches.

Ask Questions

This one is probably the most important step of all. Make sure that you ask as many questions as you want and put aside any doubts you have.

When you begin sessions with a therapist, you want to be completely comfortable and confident in your therapist’s capabilities. Therefore, asking questions at the onset is important.

This not only clarifies any doubts you have about the therapy but also the therapists themselves.

Furthermore, if you don’t like what you hear, consider other options. While healthcare professionals do know more about patients than patients themselves when it comes to your mental health, trust your instinct.


Finding the right therapist is crucial to your mental health. Unlike with traditional medicine, however, the approach to treatment is not as straightforward. Unlike a good doctor, a therapist that works great for someone else might just simply not work for you.

Expect that finding yourself the right therapist might take a few tries. If you do not feel comfortable continuing with a certain therapist, do not hesitate to make this known and start looking again. It is your mental health at stake, after all.




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