How Do I Know If a Therapist Is a Good Fit For Me?

If you’re in a place where you’re ready to try one of the many varieties of psychotherapy, one of the questions you may be asking yourself is “How do I know if a therapist is right for me?” This is a valid concern because every person is different and each individual has their own needs. In addition, many people are uncomfortable with the unknown. If you are one of these people, the following are some tips to help you make an informed decision.

First, it is helpful to identify your personality type. To do this, sit down with a sheet of paper and write down your personality type. Don’t worry if your are not able to list them all. It will be difficult to determine your personality type if you don’t even know what it is. However, here are some personality types that you can identify with or relate to:

Anxious-imaginative and perfectionists are easily intrigued by new things and ideas. A good therapist will be one who is willing to take the time to explain things to you. He or she will also listen carefully to you. This means that your therapist will be present when you share your concerns and wants. You will likely be able to work more closely with your psychotherapist once you feel that you trust your therapist enough to share everything about yourself. Your relationship with your therapist will likely be founded on trust and openness.

Nervous-submissive people tend to worry too much about what others think. A good psychotherapist is one who is open to hearing what you have to say. They are likely to listen carefully to you without judging you. As such, you will likely be able to open up more with your psychotherapist rather than shut down. Your therapist will guide you in the right direction and give you the tools to empower yourself. You don’t want to lose control in therapy, so you want to work closely with your therapist to ensure that you have as little access to power as possible.

Questions-you should ask your therapist many questions during your psychotherapy session. You want to feel comfortable asking them anything. The answers that you get from your therapist can help you gain insight into what your emotional state is and how it affects you and others. You should feel comfortable talking to your therapist about any issues that you feel could be related to your mental health.

Feelings-you should be able to openly discuss any strong or developing feelings that you may have toward your psychotherapist. Strong emotions are often a common part of psychotherapy and you should be able to openly discuss these emotions with your therapist. This will allow your therapist to be prepared in case you begin to express them after your therapy has ended. It is important to note that even if you think that you are expressing strong emotions to your therapist, you should inform your therapist immediately.

Disclosure-It is important that you tell your therapist everything that is going on in your life during your psychotherapy session. Be honest with your therapist. For instance, if you are dating someone and you are having problems with your ex, tell your therapist this. If you are having suicidal thoughts and you want help, tell your therapist this. Keep in mind that you want to keep your personal and therapy information confidential.

How do I know if a therapist is a good fit for me? After you interview therapists, evaluate their styles and personality. Ask friends and loved ones for referrals to therapists they trust and like. Consider whether or not you feel comfortable with your selected psychotherapist.