Therapists are unique as the clients they serve. Each one offers their own array of specialization and experience, and figuring out where to even begin navigating this maze can be a daunting task. How do you know which one is right for you? When looking for the right therapist there are two things to consider: Competency and Connection.
Competency means that the therapist has experience and training to address the presenting problems. Some questions to consider asking when vetting a potential therapist.
- What are their qualifications?
- Do they specialize in the area you are looking for?
- If they are an intern, then is their supervisor qualified?
Therapists have a graduate school degree, but each one has different areas of interest and have often spent countless hours doing research and attending conferences to better be equipped to counsel the topics and populations that they specialize in.For instance Aaron has over 150 hours of training and supervision to become a certified sexual addiction therapist.
Second, you have to be able to connect with your therapist. Not every expert in the field will connect well with every client, and that must be taken into consideration when choosing a therapist. Do you feel comfortable sharing everything with the therapist? If there is any category or thing you don’t feel comfortable sharing or discussing with your therapist, that might be an indicator that it is not the right fit.
Each therapist at Songbird has been chosen due to the high quality of care they provide. And if we are not a good fit, we will do our best to connect you to one of our friends who is.