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Finding the Right Therapist

Updated: Mar 27, 2022

by Rachel Tombaugh

Once a person has decided to take the brave step of engaging in therapy, the process of finding and choosing a therapist can be an overwhelming process and many people do not know where to start. The array of options can quickly prove daunting, and it can be beneficial to have some important elements in mind to help guide your decision.

Many therapists offer a free consultation which allows you to meet with them and develop a sense of who they are and how they can help.

For people with anxiety and OCD, it is essential that you find a practitioner who is trained in the sue of evidence-based practices for these conditions. The gold-standard treatment for OCD is Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), which is a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that has been proven to be highly efficacious in the treatment of OCD. Many therapists may list OCD as one of their areas of clinical focus, but do not have adequate training or expertise in this form of treatment, which can lead to poor therapeutic outcomes for clients and can create a sense of hopelessness and a belief that they are beyond help, which is not the case. OCD can improve dramatically once you have found care with a trained ERP therapist.


Similarly, many individuals who seek treatment for the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can face a dizzying array of options. Effective treatments are available for this condition as well, including Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). These approaches have been found to help people suffering from the effects of trauma regain their quality of life and experience meaningful symptom relief. For both OCD and PTSD, your prospective therapist should be able to communicate clearly with you regarding the approach and techniques they will employ to help you achieve the goals and process you desire.


Once you have determined what therapeutic approach will best suit your particular needs, locating a therapist with whom you can connect and feel a sense of comfort and trust is of primary importance. Many therapists offer a free consultation which allows you to meet with them and develop a sense of who they are and how they can help. This process can help you find a provider with whom you feel comfortable and who can foster a sense of hopefulness and optimism about their ability to help you. Because the therapeutic relationship is a significant factor in determining positive outcomes, finding a therapist who has the appropriate qualifications and with whom you connect interpersonally are essential factors to help you guide your decision. The right therapist for you is out there and there is much cause to be hopeful and excited as you begin this journey!


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