Choosing the right therapist or psychologist takes time, patience, and intuition. Not all therapists are equal; some specialize in treating children, while others work with couples. Psychiatrists treat psychiatric illness with medication and psychotherapy, while clinical psychologists help people change negative behaviors, emotions, and perceptions without medication. Determine your personal mental health goals and needs before beginning your search for a therapist.
Family and friends can be valuable resources for therapist recommendations. Search websites such as Therapist Finder, or contact therapeutic institutes to find out about practicing professionals in your area. Once you have found someone who seems like a good match, call the office. Inquire about the therapist’s educational background, areas of specialty, training and licensure, and fees. Be patient in your search for a therapist, and continue evaluating during the first appointment.