Taking steps to start your therapy journey can be overwhelming, scary, and filled with shame. Many questions can arise surrounding being accepted and understood. Will this therapist be a good fit? Will this therapist understand me? Will this therapist judge me? Will friends and family think I’m crazy for starting therapy? These are some of the thoughts that can surface when deciding to take such a big step. Opening yourself up can be a frightening and uncomfortable experience. However, on the other side of these fears is an opportunity for you to grow, deepen your understanding of yourself, and make an impactful change in your life.
Important factors to consider when looking for a therapist:
- Your preferences: Do you prefer a therapist of a certain age, gender, race, or educational background?
- Your needs: Are you struggling with something specific that might require a specialization or a certain focus?
- Affordability: What is a healthy price point for services within your budget? Does the clinician accept your insurance, or will you pay out-of-pocket?
- Location: Do you prefer in-person sessions or telehealth?
- Willingness: Are you mentally and emotionally prepared to be open and vulnerable?
- Availability: Do you have time in your schedule to commit to consistent sessions?
- Your goals: What do you hope to achieve through therapy? What does progress look like to you? What would make you feel that your sessions have been successful?
Therapy is a safe space for you to grow, learn, and evolve. The first steps are often the hardest part, and finding the right fit can take time. Remember, therapy is for you, and finding a therapist that aligns with your goals is reasonable and possible.
Important questions to consider after a few sessions:
- Do I feel safe?
- Do I look forward to sessions?
- Can I be myself?
- Do I feel understood?
- Am I growing?
Below are some resources for finding a therapist that may be right for you!
Reach out to Ida Lillie Psychotherapy and Wellness to explore your questions with one of our skilled clinicians in a safe, supportive, and understanding space.