Therapy is a critical part of handling your mental illness and regaining your overall health and functioning. However, a bad therapist or a therapist that doesn't really work for you can result in your time being wasted. Not every therapist is right for everyone. Here are some tips for finding a therapist that works best for you.
1. Listen to Your Gut
The first thing that you need to do is listen to your gut. You might feel weird with a new therapist for the first meeting, but if that weird feeling persists after a few sessions, switch therapists. Therapists want you to be able to find someone that is going to help you and will not be offended if you look for a different care provider. Some warning signs to look for are therapists that don't take your condition seriously or don't seem to fully understand the experiences that you are trying to convey.
For example, you might find that older therapists are harder for you to work with because you use a lot of slang when you are expressing yourself without monitoring your language. The older therapists might have a hard time keeping up with your slang. On the flip side, you might want an older therapist because their experience is reassuring to you. It is entirely up to personal preference and how you work best.
2. Stick to Therapy Types That Work for You
If you are totally new to therapy, you might not know what to expect or what types of therapies are out there. If this is the case, you will just have to shop around until you find one that works best for you. If you have been in therapy before and, for example, know that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is not nearly as effective for you as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, then you will definitely want to go with a therapist that specializes in DBT over CBT. If you are new to therapy and find that you are not making a lot of progress after a few months, talk to your therapist about other therapy types that he or she would recommend.
3. Find a Therapist That Specializes in Your Particular Mental Illness
Finally, be sure that you find a therapist that specializes in your particular mental illness. If you have an eating disorder, you want to be sure that your therapist knows exactly what to do.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in mental health services.