Start With The Basics
Finding a therapist is a lot like finding any other health specialist. If you plan on using your insurance, check your policy to see what is covered. Many therapists do not accept insurance, but do offer receipts for out of network benefits and flex spending accounts. Think about location, do you want them close to your work or home? Many therapists offer teletherapy, a great and effective option if you travel a lot or wouldn’t be able to make to an office every week. Next, would you like your therapist to specialize in something, like adult trauma, work-related anxiety or grief? Do you want specific characteristics like a man or women, person of color and/or LGBTQ therapist? No, your therapist doesn’t have to look like you to understand you, most important is that you feel you can be open. Most of this information is available by looking at profiles on Psychology Today, Therapy for Black Girls and Open Path Collective. Grab a cup of tea or a glass wine and dedicate some time looking through profiles.