Reblog: Finding a psychotherapist

Psychotherapy is hard (and meaningful) work. Perhaps it is this realization or the fear of what might be dug up through that process that keeps so many people from seeking out the therapy that might be so beneficial for them. I often find myself perplexed, frustrated, and questioning when people “drop out” of therapy early or do not attend the appointments to which they have been referred and scheduled. National studies have provided many reasons why people do not engage in therapy. Beyond that, research also shows us that one of the most important factors in maintaining therapy and seeing therapeutic success is the client-therapist relationship. Every therapist is likely to have his or her own style, personality, and approach to treatment, which will not necessarily work for every person seeking therapy in the same way. Sometimes it may be helpful or necessary to see a few therapists before finding the “right” one. For this reason, the Moments of Meaning project lists on their blog tips for finding a psychotherapist. Among top considerations, they note ethical practice, training, and the ever-important fit. It can be helpful for both therapist and client to treat the first visit as a consultation, each exploring the concerns to be addressed and expectations for treatment, as well as their interpersonal fit. Approaching therapy in this collaborative way and with an open and curious mind sets the tone for the important work to come.

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