Psychology is a valuable investment, an investment in yourself and your life. It is completely worth it and you want to get the most out of your experience. So don’t just go with the first person you find on the internet. Have a look around for a person that is going to fit well with you.
Top tips for finding the right psychologist:
Find someone that works specifically with the issue you are facing. Are you looking for someone with experience in issues facing first time parents, or someone who works in the cancer space or someone who has experience in trauma and suffering?
Find someone that you feel comfortable with. A man or a woman? An older or younger therapist? What type of therapy do they work with? Does this suit your preferences? Look for someone that you feel comfortable opening up to and who has a style that works for you.
Find someone that is available at a time that works for you. Weekdays or weekends? Mornings or afternoons? Someone with flexibility? Look for someone who is available at a time that is convenient for you, so that it is easier to attend sessions.
Find someone that is available in a modality that works for you. Do you prefer in person, video or phone consultations or group therapy? What interaction modality is going to work for you.
Find someone who is independent, unbiased and not connected to you. Therapy works best when you don’t know the therapist and they can be a neutral member and give you unbiased advice.
Ask if you can meet and greet a few different psychologists, this doesn’t need to be in person, even just over the phone. This isn’t something that is often done but why shouldn’t you look around for someone that is a good fit for you? Someone you feel comfortable with and someone who understands your particular concerns.
Qualified psychologists charge a premium for their services because of the years of study and experience they have to become experts in their field. You have the right to make sure that you are investing your time, effort and money with someone who is going to be a good fit for you.
The important thing is that if you need help it is out there but taking a moment to get help from the right person is important. Seeking out the right person means that you are likely to get the most benefit from therapy. If you are interested in talking to us about if we are the right fit for you please get in contact with us. If we aren’t the right fit then we will try our best to point you in the right direction.