When you are considering going to therapy, The first step is the selection of the appropriate specialist, since it is known that the bond and trust that is formed with this person will be the key to the success of the treatment. Below, you will learn how to find a therapist who is right for your needs.
Likewise, we will also explain in which situations it is convenient to seek the help of a therapist and what is the academic title you must have to be the most appropriate specialist.
Why seek a therapist?
Among the most recurrent reasons for seeking psychological support are:
- Having a personal difficulty, such as anxiety O depression.
- Having lived a painful situation, such as illness, the death of a close person, a trauma or a separation.
- Going through problems with your partner, with the family or at work.
- Have little interest in activities that you used to enjoy doing.
- Have friends and family who are concerned about you.
- Present general malaise in daily life.
- Consume an addictive substance to deal with problems.
- Having taken actions to solve the problems, but without results.
It may also be the case that psychological counseling is sought because you want to accept yourself, enrich your relationship, prosper at work, forgive or improve your ability to express emotions.
How to find a therapist?
According to psychologist Dawn Potter, on the Cleveland Clinic page, the first thing you should do is ask yourself what type of therapy you are looking for.
According to the specialist, “you should consider whether you are seeking treatment for a specific problem or perhaps you are just looking for general growth.” In addition, You have to think about whether you want individual, couple or family therapy. Once you have defined what therapy is desired for, you can determine what type of therapist is required.
In this regard, some studies have found that knowing what you want to achieve in therapy produces better results. For example, if it is believed that some type of medication can improve symptoms, it is best to seek the advice of a psychiatrist.
On the other hand, if what you want is to be in contact with people who understand what you are experiencing, it is best to seek group therapy sessions or support groups.
Where can I find a therapist?
To find a therapist, the following alternatives can be considered:
Ask your doctor
In the first instance, it is always a good idea to ask your GP for recommendations. This specialist might be able to offer you referrals to some good psychologists or psychiatrists.
Ask family and friends for referrals
Another important point, which can also be considered when finding a therapist, are referrals from family and friends. However, keep in mind that you and your acquaintance may not be struggling with the same problem. For this, it will be best to do some background research and check with the therapist to see if he or she has experience with the problem you plan to solve in therapy.
Perform an online search
Currently, there are medical directories online, where you can find a therapist or doctors of all specialties. The most popular are Doctoralia and TopDoctors, and the advantage of these sites is that they offer you a brief curriculum of the specialist, which will be of great help to know if he is a specialist in the problem you want to solve.
Look for prestigious institutions
There are several associations that have clinical care. Some of them are:
- Latin American Institute for Family Studies AC
- Mexican Association of Group Psychotherapy
- Mexican Foundation to Fight Depression
- Psychological Services Center “Dr. Guillermo Dávila ”from the Faculty of Psychology of the UNAM
- UNAM Medical Services
It offers care in crisis situations.
What questions to ask a therapist?
It is essential that in the first interview or consultation you resolve your doubts about the therapy and the way it works. This is a guide that can serve as a starting point:
- What is your curriculum and your profession? How many years have you been giving therapy?
- What type of therapy do you perform?
- What specialty do you have? There are those who specialize in young people, in addictions, in violence, etc.
- What is your experience working with the problem that you want to treat in consultation?
- How long are the sessions and what are they like?
- What are the benefits and risks?
- What happens if the session is canceled or lost?
What specialty should a therapist have?
The specialties that are dedicated to giving psychological therapy are psychologists and psychiatrists.
To find a therapist, you must first know what you want to obtain from therapy and, based on this, start looking for the specialist who has the profile most attached to what is desired.
With information from Cleveland Clinic, Healthline, Mind.org.uk y American Psychological Association.