Choosing a Therapist that’s Right for You
Here is some information to help you find and choose a therapist to help you with a wide range of mental health issues (depression, anxiety or fears, marriage or relationship counseling, grief, parenting, and much more):
The best referrals are professional referrals, such as a doctor, a professional organization, or qualified mental health professional.
You want to talk to someone…but how do you find the right person?
Here are some helpful questions to ask in your search for a therapist:
- Are you licensed in New Jersey and what are your credentials (LCSW, PhD, MFT, LPC, etc…)?
- What treatment do you recommend based on issues or symptoms?
- Do you have experience helping individuals or couples with similar issues?
- How long do you expect treatment to take (short or long term therapy)?
It is also important to the psychotherapy process to find a therapist you can feel connected to and with whom you feel safe. The relationship (and trust) you establish with your therapist is the foundation of psychotherapy.
There are many types of therapy and duration of treatment can vary. The following are just a few types of therapy:
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy – CBT is an approach of psychotherapy that “treats problems and boosts happiness by modifying dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts.” (more…)
- Interpersonal Therapy – this approach focuses on the “interpersonal relationships of the depressed person. The idea of interpersonal therapy is that depression can be treated by improving the communication patterns and how people relate to others.” (more…)
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy – “Brings Lasting Benefits through Self-Knowledge” (more…)
We hope you find this information helpful in your search for a therapist.