Author: Katie Bloom Leoni, Psy.D.
You’ve made the decision that you’re interested in beginning therapy but are not sure what to do next. In this two part series, we’ll share some tips to help guide you on your journey to finding the right therapist.
1. The first step is finding a therapist. Here are some tips to begin your search.
2. The second step is setting up and having phone consultations. It is helpful to find two or three therapists that you are interested in and set up a phone consultation with each. Simply talking to a therapist does not mean you have to start seeing them. Most therapists offer a free phone consultation, which allows an opportunity for the therapist to learn more about your concerns and for you to learn about their office policies. Please reach out for a free phone consultation with a therapist at Sfbaycbt to begin this process. Some helpful tips for the phone consultation include:
11/28/2018 03:13:04 pm
That's good to know that there are modalities for CBT like DBT and ACT therapies which can help you out specifically. This is helpful before you hire a therapist so you can make sure they are qualified to work with your specific behavioral problems as the differ for each person. It would also be good to meet up with these therapists to find one you can communicate well with as you want to make sure you'll be comfortable during sessions.
12/19/2018 06:34:24 pm
My daughter has been really struggling lately and I think she could benefit from therapy. Thank you for pointing out that we should make sure and figure out what she is wanting to learn from this therapy. I'll have to work with her and find the best therapist in our area for her.
1/25/2019 03:57:53 pm
That's good to know that there are different therapy modalities when you look for a therapist. This is helpful since my friend is looking for a behavioral therapist for her daughter. We'll have to see what kind of framework different therapists use so she can make sure to choose one that will help her daughter the most.
11/7/2022 12:20:05 pm
I'm glad you elaborated on checking a therapist's expertise and training before choosing one for your needs. Recently, my sister told me she wants to find a counselor to talk about her past trauma and her recent anxiety attacks, so I'm sure your tips will help us find the best option for her. Thank you for describing the importance of making phone consultations before hiring a therapist.
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Diana Gordon, Psy.D., Kari Kagan Psy.D., and Katie Leoni, Psy.D.
Drs. Gordon, Kagan, and Leoni practice psychotherapy primarily via telehealth. Their areas of expertise include anxiety, sleep, stress, depression, maternal mental health, and addiction. They blog about these topics to provide research-based information about common problems and strategies to help manage them.