Beacon of Change Counseling

Katy Rader, LMHC

Individual and Family Therapy Services

Is Therapy Right For You, and Where To Start?

One of the biggest decisions a person considering therapy has to make, is how to choose the right kind of therapy, and the right kind of therapist. With so many options open to a person who hasn’t experienced therapy before, the process of finding a good therapist can sometimes be more daunting than dealing with their issues.

Here are a few articles that I found helpful for those considering starting therapy. The articles discuss how to find a therapist, how to determine if you and your therapist are a good fit, as well as the benefits of therapy and what to expect out of it.

 

This article does a good job of outlining some FAQs of starting therapy, and  gives ideas about determining a good fit between you and your therapist:

A Beginner's Guide to Starting Therapy - Buzzfeed

 

I like this article because it outlines how to look for a therapist as well as one of the most important parts of starting therapy: what you expect to get out of therapy. Nearly every therapist will ask you this the first time we speak with you. This helps us know what you're looking for and how we can best help you:

Going to Therapy For The First Time? - Huffington Post

 

This article from Forbes highlights a couple of aspects of therapy that I find very important. One is the mind/body connection. Being able to reduce anxiety and stress will help your emotional health, but it will also improve you physical health as many of our physical symptoms are interlinked with our emotional issues. It also discusses how therapy has lasting effects, and you can take these benefits with you as you move on in your life:

11 Intriguing Reasons To Give Talk Therapy A Try - Forbes

 

The process of starting therapy can be overwhelming, but getting some direction and motivation can help the process feel easier. A relatively short time in therapy can positively affect how you interact with others and improve your outlook on yourself and your world. Good luck in your search!