How to choose a good therapist

Psychotherapy can help you cope with a wide variety of difficulties in your life. If you have decided to enter therapy, you are naturally hoping for a change. During the therapy session is very important that you and your therapist work together for the best outcomes. Studies show that the relationship you build with your therapist is even more important than the technique he or she uses. Choosing the right therapist is a crucial decision as you are going to entrust this person with some of the most confidential and private matters in your life. Finding a good therapist can be quite difficult so it's best to arm yourself with a lot of patience and diligence.

Therapy is efficient only if the therapist is someone you can talk about complex emotions, situations and feelings without embarrassment. You will need to feel at ease to be able to reveal yourself. Ask yourself if you'll be more comfortable working with a  person of the same or opposite gender. Look for therapists who are licensed to practice independently such as: MD, PhD, LPCC, LCPC, LISW, LSCW. Empathy, life experience and wisdom are also vital in a therapist. The therapist you choose must have experience in the area you're interested in. Find out if he has treated people with problems similar to those you face. Your therapist must be able to create a safe and worm environment for the session. You should expect total privacy and confidentiality from your therapist. It's highly recommended to get professionals who know the therapist professionally and can provide information about the therapist’s experience and education.