Recently, I have been looking for a therapist for myself. I believe that regular therapy is good for my mental health and it is important for my continued growth and learning as a therapist and as a person. Being a client helps me to be more empathetic to my clients because I can relate to the vulnerability when I struggle to reveal so much about myself to another person and to have the courage to make changes in my life. I am grateful to have a space where I can lay my burdens down for a bit and sort through my thoughts and feelings with a trusted person who can provide validation, perspective, and wisdom. The process of finding a therapist who is a good match can be hard. Even with my background in psychology, my previous experiences in therapy, and an idea of who I am looking for, it still takes me several trials and errors to find the right fit. There are some wonderful articles written about the logistics of finding a therapist (e.g., what's the difference between types of providers, how to assess the therapist's competence, and how to pay for therapy with insurance, etc.) here, here, here, and here. In this blog post, I will focus on how to find that personal fit, that "click," with a therapist who is a good match for you.
My partner and I recently started couples therapy. Phew! There, I said it. Admitting that I am going to therapy, especially couples therapy, makes my heart race and my face flush. Although I work in the mental health field, there is a stigma against the therapist having problems and seeking help. We expect ourselves to be superhumans who have it all figured out. After all, we can apply our training in helping others to help ourselves, right?
I created this blog to share information about living a healthy, happy, and fulfilling life. I am constantly learning new things and making mistakes along the way. This blog is my way of chronicling my discoveries, musing, and lessons learned as a person and a professional. I invite you to come along on my journey of self reflection, discovery, and thriving with challenges. I also hope to exchange wisdom and enlightenment from you, my readers.
The information provided in this blog is not a substitute for professional mental health treatment.