By Princess Gabbara, BDO Daily Contributor –Blackdoctor.org
Life is tough and at some point in your life, you may find yourself in a place where you need some guidance, some healing, and perhaps a little therapy to help you get through it. For many folks, the idea of pouring their heart out to a complete and total stranger is scary. Admitting that you need help can be extremely difficult; however, if you’re thinking about seeing a therapist but want to avoid someone who asks, “And how does that make you feel?” after everything you say, the good news is there are a lot of great therapists out there – you just have to weed out the bad ones. Here’s what to look for as you begin your search for the right therapist.
Do your research. It doesn’t matter how nice the therapist seems – do your homework. Does the therapist hold a current valid license? Is he or she approved by the state regularly board? What about complaints? These are all important things you need to know before moving forward with any therapist. Also, unless you feel an instant connection with him or her, don’t go with the first therapist you meet. You’ll definitely want to shop around before making any decisions. Oh, and remember, you can always change therapists if you find that your expectations aren’t being met.
Go with your gut. Some therapists look perfect on paper, but when you meet them face to face, you pick up a different vibe. Always go with that and never let anyone convince you otherwise, including the therapist. In order to open up and share personal details of your life with someone, you must feel comfortable. Remember: If it doesn’t right, it probably isn’t.
Ask the right questions. “How long have you been practicing in this field?” “What do you love most about your job?” “Why did you choose this career path?” “What areas do you specialize in?” “What are the treatment options?” A good therapist will not be offended by your questions and will actually encourage you to ask as many as you want.