How to Pick the Right Psychologist

Maybe you have recently become aware of a psychological issue that’s bogging you down and you want to address it before it becomes a full-blown problem. To get properly treated, you’ll need to find the right psychologist. There are many psychologists in Brossard that you can go to, but here are some tips to identify the right therapist for your needs.

  1. Be wary of therapists who are closely identified with a particular “brand” of therapy. These professionals have already made up their minds on how each patient should be treated even before they have made their diagnosis. As we all know, every patient is unique and thus, each one requires a personalized treatment plan.

  1. Avoid therapists who overemphasize their specialty in certain disorders or diagnoses. Every patient’s emotional suffering is woven into the fabric of their life and it affects how he or she views himself/herself, how he or she lives, how he or she connects with others, etc. To be effective, a therapist should have the expertise in understanding how this “fabric” is woven and how it can be “rewoven.”

  1. Pay close attention to the first few sessions. The early sessions should delve on developing a shared understanding of what makes sense to the patient and the therapist. The focus should not be the anxiety or the disorder per se, but it should focus more on what is causing these issues. This shared understanding will evolve and change with each session.

  1. Find a therapist you’re comfortable with. The importance of a therapeutic alliance cannot be emphasized enough. You should have a connection with your therapist and there should be a mutual agreement on the therapy’s objective and goal. Finally, you should be in agreement with the methods that will be used throughout the duration of your therapy.

Remember that the goal of therapy is to help you (the patient) sort out your personal issues in a way that you won’t be able to do on your own. But it does not mean that the therapist will just implement any method that he or she deems helpful. It has to be agreed by both parties.

Putting it another way; the patient may not be able to find the right words on his own, but neither will the therapist if he tries to find it without the patient’s help. However, together, they can find the right words.

Sorting Through Titles and Acronyms

Now that you have some idea on what to avoid and what to consider, you’ll need to also familiarize yourself with the various titles when searching for therapists.

Social workers are mental health professionals usually with a degree in social work or related field. They specialize in supporting families and individuals affected by domestic abuse, substance abuse, sexual abuse and similar issues. They can also provide guidance for those going through financial troubles, work-related problems and others. Counselors, on the other hand, are those who have obtained training and education in psychology, counseling and related fields. They spend most of their time speaking to patients and trying to find ways to help them. Psychologists work in clinical, medical and research environments and they are trained to diagnose mental illnesses and treat them. Psychiatrists are medical doctors who not only diagnose and treat mental illnesses but also prescribe medication.

Final Thoughts

To choose a therapist, you need to avoid those who consider themselves “experts at everything.” You choose a professional who is genuinely interested in you and what you’re going through. If you find this therapist and you feel absolutely at ease in opening up to them, then you have found the right one.