Choosing a Therapist
- April 16, 2021
- Posted by: Lauren Sabino
- Category: Uncategorized
One of the most challenging aspects of beginning therapy is finding the right therapist. Whether you want to pursue therapy for yourself or for a loved one, you have taken the first step – which is often the hardest – by acknowledging the need for healing and growth, and seeking the help of a licensed professional.
If you find yourself overwhelmed with the process of seeking a therapist, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Starting therapy is a daunting and scary process for many clients. Read on to learn how to choose the right therapist for you and your specific needs.
Is the Therapist Licensed?
All states require that professional clinical counselors be licensed by their respective state boards. It is important to understand that there are a lot of people in the roles of life coaches, spiritual advisors, and more. These individuals may not practice clinical counseling without a license.
At REACH, all of our therapists are licensed by Ohio’s Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Boards, and comply with the professional and ethical requirements of the state boards.
What Type of Therapy Is Right for You?
As you consider whether therapy is right for you, it is helpful to understand what types of psychotherapy exist.
Generally, psychotherapy is a broad term that encompasses four different types of talk therapy: cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, interpersonal therapy, and family-focused therapy.
The vast majority of therapists utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in their practice. CBT is broadly used because it is scientifically proven to be effective on a range of mental health issues.
CBT is an effective treatment method for:
- Anxiety disorders, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, panic disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Mood disorders, such as depression or bipolar disorder
- Addictions, such as alcoholism, drug dependence, or compulsive gambling
- Eating disorders, such as anorexia or bulimia
- Personality disorders, such as borderline personality disorder or dependent personality disorder
- Schizophrenia or other disorders that cause detachment from reality (psychotic disorders)
CBT treatment involves a client speaking with a psychotherapist to better understand their thinking patterns and motivations, learning skills to calm one’s mind, and developing a greater sense of confidence in one’s own abilities.
CBT treatment occurs during the therapist’s and client’s sessions together. In the act of regularly speaking with the therapist, the client gains insight, understanding, and self-compassion.
Leading with Empathy
The foundation of psychotherapy is built upon the relationship between the client and their therapist. An effective therapist is able to practice empathy, or the ability to understand what the client is feeling, by seeing things from their frame of reference. Empathy creates a safe place for the client to speak unfiltered about any issue, concern, or problem, because the client knows the therapist is listening in a non-judgmental way.
As you are searching for a therapist, it’s important to find one who provides the level of empathy you need. Fortunately, at REACH, we take great care in selecting and training our therapists to develop an empathetic relationship with each client. We are confident that all of our therapists can provide unconditional support and empathy, no matter your situation.
Start Healing Today
As you choose a therapist and begin to heal, it’s important to remember that therapy is a journey, not a destination. Developing the tools to reach your goals takes time and commitment. By seeking help, you have already taken a great step forward.
Contact us at REACH Behavioral Health today to get started.