Welcome to the 100th post of http://www.itsnotjustyou.ca. I hope you’ve been enjoying the reads here!
I came across an article, this week, about how to find the right therapist for you, nd wanted to share it with you. In all of the research I’ve read on what kind of therapy is best for what kind of situations, ‘goodness of fit’ is always top priority. This means that,
…if you don’t like your therapist, and/or you think your therapist doesn’t like you, you are not likely to experience the changes your are hoping for.
This article focuses on your intuition as a guide to finding a good therapist.
I agree. I also agree that ending therapy and finding a new therapist if the fit isn’t right is the best thing to do. (However, I always hope that clients will let me know what is not working before they leave, if they are able to articulate it, for my own growth and knowledge and, in case we can fix the problem).
This article recommends finding someone who specializes in your area of need. I agree, however, I’ve found in our somewhat small city of Winnipeg, we’re limited in the number of specialists available. I will refer people elsewhere when their situation requires specific types of expertise but am often frustrated with the lack of options and with the lack of accessibility, to those options which, when they exist, can sometimes be very high priced. When there is no other specialist available, or, when the price is too high for a client, I will do my best to research the issue and provide information and treatment needed based on current studies, and best practices.
The other recommendation in this article relates to qualifications of the therapist. While, I agree that qualifications are not necessarily going to tell you if that therapist is the right one for you, you should know that, in Manitoba, most insurance plans will only cover a psychologist or registered social worker.
Enjoy the read and I hope you find the right therapist for you!