1. Determine what level of care you need. If you feel you may require medication, a psychiatrist is probably the most appropriate therapist. However, for therapy without medication, a psychologist like Donald Crowe, PhD, can prove valuable in uncovering the root of your problem and helping you through it. Consider social workers and professional counselors as well, since they are able to assist with a wide range of issues and conditions.
2. Use your network and community to develop a list of names. Numerous resources can provide you with recommendations for therapists. Friends and family are always a good place to start, but you can also get help from a university psychology department or a large health clinic in your area.
3. Ask questions. Research each therapist's credentials and practice history. Also, be sure to ask about policies, fees, and payments to ensure that you are not surprised when you get your bill. Do not be afraid to ask further questions during your first appointment to make sure that the person you have chosen is the right fit for you and your therapy needs.