You wouldn’t hire a carpenter to build your house if she didn’t have the right tools for the job, and likewise, you wouldn’t hire any Joe off the street simply because he had a hammer and saw. You, of course, want someone who understands your vision for your home, and has the requisite skills to make that house a reality. Therapy is much the same in this way. It can be challenging to find a therapist with the right tools to walk beside you through tough times.
In an effort to alleviate some of the pain of this process, I’ll be curating a collection of resources here that I hope will answer some commonly asked questions about therapy and aid in finding the right therapist for you. Additionally, I’ll include any counseling materials that I find particularly interesting to be consumed by practitioners who like reading that sort of thing, and others who just want to know what sorts of things we read.
How do I find a great therapist?
- This Lifehacker article gives a thorough explanation of the types of Mental Health service providers, as well as a step-by-step walk-through of the process of finding one.
- Though its search function feels archaic, the National Board for Certified Counselors site can point you toward counselors in your area.
- Psychology Today's “Find a Therapist” tool also allows you to search by zipcode for a therapist in your area.
- Good Therapy presents here a sequence of great questions to pose to yourself and your newfound counselor, in order to determine if they are the right person to help you.