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Choosing a Therapist

Here are some key considerations when selecting a therapist:

 

- What forms of therapy can the therapist provide and are these forms appropriate for your situation?

- Where did the therapist learn their skills and how long have they been practicing? Have they treated many clients similar to you?

- Does this therapist frequently work with people of your gender and ethnic group to understand their particular needs?

- Do you feel comfortable with the therapist? (The patient-therapist alliance is a top predictor of therapy success.)

- Therapy is a collaborative process. Will this therapist work together with you to understand who you are and your needs? Or are you just another client with a particular issue?

- If you believe trauma underlies your struggles (either childhood developmental traumas or adult traumas), has the therapist been appropriately trained?

- Is the therapist committed to your healing more than the particular types of therapy they practice? Would they give you a referral to another type of therapist if needed?
 

Here are additional articles about finding a therapist:

"How to Find a Therapist", Verywell Mind

"How to Find a Therapist", WebMD

"9 Tips to Find the Right Therapist", healthline

"6 Key Questions to Ask When Choosing a Therapist", PsychCentral

 

Here are articles about particular types of therapy:

"Cognitive Behavioral Therapy", Mayo Clinic
"Acceptance and Commitment Therapy", Psychology Today

Free mental health resources for crisis and support.

Worldwide

United States

  • US National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): 1-800-950-NAMI - nationwide network for support and education; https://www.nami.org/Support-Education/NAMI-HelpLine/Top-HelpLine-Resources

  • US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or 988 - https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ (Deaf & Hard of Hearing Options): 1-800-799-4889

  • US Samaritans: 877-870-HOPE (1-877-870-4673) - charity providing emotional support to anyone in distress or at risk of suicide throughout the US; http://www.samaritansusa.org/

  • US SAMHSA National Helpline: - 1-800-662-HELP (4357) - free, confidential, 24/7 treatment referral and information service (English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders

  • Crisis Text Line: Text "HOME" to 741741. https://www.crisistextline.org/text-us/

  • US Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386 - provides a 24-hour phone hotline, as well as limited-hour webchat and text options, for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth within the US; text TREVOR to 1-202-304-1200 (available M-F from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm ET)

  • US Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 - 24/7 hotline that provides phone, webchat, and text options available to military veterans and their families. Provides options for deaf and hard of hearing individuals

United Kingdom

  • NHS: Where to get urgent help for mental health, https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/mental-health-services/where-to-get-urgent-help-for-mental-health/

  • Mental health support by text message. You can text "SHOUT" to 85258 for free from all major UK mobile networks. You'll then be connected to a volunteer for an anonymous conversation by text message. This free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging mental health support service is run by a charity called Mental Health Innovations.

  • UK Campaign Against Living Miserably: 0800 58 58 58 - charity aimed at bringing the suicide rate down among men aged 15–35 (daily, 5:00 pm to midnight); https://www.thecalmzone.net/

  • UK Mental Health Pipeline: list of UK-based helplines, mental health charities, support groups and organizations that can offer expert advice when needing mental health help https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines/

  • UK Saneline: 0300 304 7000 - Emotional support, information, and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families, and carers. (daily, 4:30 pm to 10:30 pm); http://www.sane.org.uk/support

  • UK Mental Health UK: Mental Health UK supports people affected by mental health problems including friends, family and carers. https://mentalhealth-uk.org/

  • UK Mind: Provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. mind.org.uk

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New Zealand

 

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