Personal conflicts, mental health, relationships—all good and valid reasons to find a therapist to help you be the best and healthiest you. But which therapist is right for you?
Before deciding on a therapist, there a few things you should consider:
- What kind of therapy do you need? Long-term vs. short-term, individual vs. group, a specific focus?
- Is the therapist experienced and familiar with the area of treatment you need?
- What are the fees, and is it covered by your insurance?
- Where is the therapist located? Is this at a location you are comfortable and able to visit?
- Does the therapist have measures in place to be safe during COVID-19?
If you find high fees or therapists not covered by your insurance, see if you have access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through your place of work. Employee Assistance Programs frequently offer limited duration of treatment. They tend to focus more on identifying the issue rather than solving it, but EAPs can be a good place to start when looking for a therapist. Once you identify your need, you can find a therapist better equipped to help you since you know what needs to be addressed. Some needs EAP can address and help are depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, substance abuse, grief loss, and more.
Before making any decisions on a therapist make sure you know what options are available to you.
Content created by Lockton Dunning Benefits with info from https://www.apa.org/ptsd-guideline/patients-and-families/finding-good-therapist and https://www.opencounseling.com/blog/employee-assistance-programs-are-they-right-for-you-122