Do I Need Therapy?

Do I Need Therapy?

There was a time where even if you didn’t really need therapy you probably should still get therapy just because of its added benefits. But if you really only want to utilize therapy if you really need it than this blog is for you. It can sometimes be difficult to have enough self-awareness and insight to realize that you need therapy. Usually some event has to happen in order to trigger the awareness that you might need some help or just someone to talk to. Luckily there are ways to know if you are looking for answers if you need therapy.

Here are some signs that you might need therapy:

  • If you’re unable to function as you normally do.
  • If you feel unlike yourself – if you’re sleeping a lot more, or more anxious, or less sociable, or just in a weird mood you can’t shake – then don’t simply resign yourself to a less-satisfying life. You need therapy.
  • If you’re dealing with an issue you’ve never dealt with before and it’s making you anxious and unsure about how to proceed. Every now and then, unprecedented situations might come up that make you feel stuck or uncomfortable. Getting therapy offers the chance to talk about ideas with a neutral party who doesn’t have a stake in the outcome.
  • If you need clarity or reassurance. We so rarely give ourselves time to sit in peace and think through the things we’re experiencing. But if you book a therapy session, you’re committing to an hour of sitting and talking through whatever is on your mind.
  • If you’re falling into old patterns or dealing with old issues that aren’t healthy. We all have negative habits and tendencies, for example smoking or possessiveness in a relationship; that we have to actively work to suppress. But if the battle starts to seem way more uphill, it’s a sign that you can’t handle it on your own and may need therapy.
  • If you’re want to gain greater insight into your behavior. Sometimes we can get stuck and aren’t really sure how to make the changes we want to see in our lives. The right therapist can help show you why you make the choices you make, which should help you to make any changes.
  • If you can’t get past an interpersonal conflict. It’s common for family members to become estranged or even simmer indefinitely over the same old issues. Trying therapy can help bring the two of you closer together, or at least help you figure out how to stop contributing to the problem.
  •  If you have difficulty moving beyond any particular issue in your life. Sometimes we have problem to address and don’t know where to start whether it’s related to your love life, family life, self-image or professional stability.

Most people can benefit from therapy and needing therapy doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong with you it just merely means that you want to better your life and your surroundings. There is no reason that you have to settle for anything than the best life for yourself and that’s why if you need therapy you go out and start getting it!

 

Online therapist for alcohol addiction

Online therapist for alcohol addiction

An online therapist for alcohol addiction sounds like a great idea, but is it really? Yes, an online therapist may be convenient and in some instances cheap, but are you really getting the quality of therapy you may need to treat something as serious as an alcohol addiction. It all really depends on how much therapy is needed and the severity of your alcohol addiction. An evaluation of your alcohol addiction will definitely need to be done in order to determine if this very light level of care will work for you. Such an evaluation can be done online, leading to recommendations for the appropriate treatment.

So who can use or benefit from an online therapist for alcohol addiction help?

People who are already involved in any stage (intensive outpatient, continuing care, aftercare) of traditional treatment program or have completed any stage of a traditional treatment program can use online therapy as a way supplement their treatment.

So what is wrong with an online therapist for alcohol addiction?

1. By its nature, online therapy can be interrupted by technological difficulties beyond the control of either the counselor or the client, for instance, a storm or just a random modem problem. Is your mental health really going to rely on an internet connection? Before services are provided, the client will be given suggestions for alternative methods for contacting the online therapist should disruptions in the client’s service occur (for ex., a public library). The online therapist should pledge that should technical difficulties result from his/her personal computer or other internet access the online therapist will have alternative internet access readily available.

2. The visual and auditory cues available during face-to-face online therapy are, of course, not available in internet counseling. Therefore, it is vital that both the client and the online therapist be diligent in seeking clarification of any communications, as needed. And making sure that everything is well understood and talked about.

3. The online therapist for alcohol addictions must at the outset of the online therapeutic relationship help the client to identify local therapists and other treatment providers, including crisis services in the event of an emergency. Most of the time therapists give their phone number to clients or clients can rush to see them should something happen. With an online therapist for alcohol addiction there is no personal connection like that in the event something goes wrong in the client’s life.

4. The online therapist for alcohol addiction must include safeguards to keep client information confidential and protected from unauthorized access. This is always an unknown when using the Internet. Client information, including history, diagnosis, treatment recommendations, and progress notes, should be for the online therapist’s eyes only. No one else must have access to this information. The information should be retained on a safeguarded CD for one year after the online therapy relationship has ended, or for a longer or shorter period of time dictated by the client.

Therapy is very much a relationship between the therapist and client. With an online therapist for alcohol addiction that relationship is not nearly as strong or as helpful for either one. You would never have a romantic relationship entirely based online for years or even months. So why do the same with a therapist? Online therapists for alcohol addiction may be a great last resort for those who just need a little extra advice here and there but for someone who is really depending on therapy this sounds like a terrible idea

History of Therapy: Albert Ellis

History of Therapy: Albert Ellis

Albert Ellis, Ph.D., was born in Pittsburgh, PA on September 27, 1913 and was raised in New York City. He held an M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Columbia University. Albert Ellis held many important psychological positions that included: Chief psychologist of the State of New Jersey and professorships at Rutgers and other universities. More importantly, Albert Ellis was the founder of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), the first of the now popular Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBT).

In 1954, Ellis began teaching his new techniques to other therapists, and by 1957, he formally set forth the first cognitive behavior therapy by proposing that therapists help people adjust their thinking and behavior as the treatment for emotional and behavioral problems. Two years later, Ellis published ‘How to Live with a Neurotic’, which elaborated on his new method.

Albert Ellis established the Albert Ellis Institute in 1959. The Albert Ellis Institute is a non-profit organization whose mission was to promote Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy as a educative and preventative theory. The Albert Ellis Institute promoted Rational Behavioral Therapy’s practice and theory through training professionals and the public. Initially Albert Ellis ran everything from his own private practice as a psychologist. Then Albert Ellis purchased a six story townhouse in Manhattan in 1964. He took that town house that had previously been occupied by The Woodrow Wilson Institute and used it for his work. Albert Ellis donated the earnings of his books to purchase the building and to fund the running costs of the Institute.

Albert Ellis practiced psychotherapy, marriage and family counseling as well as sex therapy for over sixty years at the Psychological Center of the Institute in New York. Albert Ellis also served as president of the Division of Consulting Psychology of the American Psychological Association and of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. He also served as officer of several profession societies including the American Association of Marital and Family Therapy, the American Academy of Psychotherapists, and the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.

Albert Ellis was ranked one of the most influential psychologists by both American and Canadian psychologists and counselors. He also served as consulting or associate editor of many scientific journals. He published more than eight hundred scientific papers and more than two hundred audio and video cassettes. 

During his final years he collaborated with Michael S. Abrams, Ph.D., on his only college textbook Personality Theories: Critical Perspectives. Albert Ellis also wrote an autobiography entitled “All Out!” published by Prometheus Books in June 2010. The book was dedicated to and contributed by his wife Dr. Debbie Ellis who Ellis described as “The greatest love of my whole life, my whole life”. He also entrusted the legacy of REBT to her. In early 2011, the book Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy by Dr. Albert Ellis and his wife Dr. Debbie Ellis was released by the American Psychological Association. The book explains the essentials of the theory of REBT and is considered an excellent basic guide in understanding the REBT approach for students and practitioners of psychology as well as for the general public.

http://www.goodtherapy.org/famous-psychologists/albert-ellis.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Ellis

 

History of Therapy: Carl Jung

History of Therapy: Carl Jung

History of Therapy: Carl Jung

Carl Jung’s work left a notable impact on the field of psychology. His concepts of introversion and extroversion have influenced personality psychology and psychotherapy. His advice to a patient suffering from alcoholism led to the formation of Alcoholics Anonymous, which has helped millions of people recover from alcoholism.

History of Therapy: Carl Jung: Early Life

Carl Jung was born in Kesswil, Switzerland in 1875. His father was a pastor. He was the fourth, but only surviving child. Carl Jung was an introverted and solitary child. When he was 12 years old, Carl Jung was pushed to the ground by another child and lost consciousness. Afterward, he had fainting spells frequently. He later explained the experience as his first encounter with neurosis.

History of Therapy: Carl Jung: Career

Carl Jung studied medicine, but he also had an interest in spiritual phenomena while in school. Later, he would combine medicine and spirituality into his theories about the human psyche. He eventually began to study psychiatry.

Early in his career, Carl Jung worked with psychiatric patients at the University of Zurich asylum. He wrote Studies in Word Association in 1906 and sent a copy to Sigmund Freud. This was the beginning of a friendship between the two. They finally met in person in 1907.

Sigmund Freud had an impact on Carl Jung’s later theories. It was this influence that led to Jung’s fascination for the unconscious mind. However, Jung’s theories began to diverge from Freud’s. He rejected Freud’s emphasis on sex as the sole source of behavior. Carl Jung became increasingly interested in dreams and theories. He formed his own theory called Analytical Psychology.

In the following six years, Carl Jung started to explore his own subconscious. He recorded his experience in a book known as The Red Book. The book was not published until 2009.

History of Therapy: Carl Jung: Theories

Carl Jung believed there were three parts of the human psyche. These were the ego, the personal conscious and the collective unconscious. The ego is the conscious mind. The collective unconscious is the reservoir of all the experience and knowledge of the human species.

Carl Jung also believed in the process of individuation. Individuation is a process by which the various parts of the psyche (the ego, personal unconscious, and collective unconscious) become integrated. When this happens, Jung believed, the person becomes their “true self.” Carl Jung thought that this process was essential for a person to become whole and fully developed as a human being.

Carl Jung once treated an American patient, Rowland Hazard, who was suffering from chronic alcoholism. He worked with him for some time and did not achieve any significant progress. Carl Jung then told the man that his alcoholism was nearly hopeless, and the only possibility of recovery would be through a spiritual experience. He noted that occasionally a spiritual experience could help alcoholics when all else failed. The influence of Carl Jung indirectly found its way into the formation of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Sources:

http://www.muskingum.edu/~psych/psycweb/history/jung.htm

http://psychology.about.com/od/profilesofmajorthinkers/p/jungprofile.htm

Online Therapy

Online Therapy

Online Therapy

It seems like everything is online these days. Socializing, research, shopping, listening to the radio, and working: you name it, and there’s a way to do it online. Online therapy is nothing new. For decades, it has been a way for mental health practitioners to reach patients in hospitals, prisons, veterans’ health care facilities, and rural health clinics. Online support groups have been around since 1982. Since the advent of programs like Skype, FaceTime, and encrypted digital software through third-party sites like CaliforniaLiveVisit.com, online therapy has become available to a much broader spectrum of patients.

Online Therapy: Benefits

Online therapy has been shown to be at least equal to traditional face-to-face therapy. Online therapy has the added benefit of appealing to people who travel or who shun typical office visits. It’s also easier for the average person to attend their sessions regularly since they can do it from anywhere. Some research reports that people feel more at ease and less intimidated during online therapy which allows them to be more honest.

Online therapy also has the benefit of being available to people who don’t normally have access to face-to-face therapy. Americans who live out of the country or who live in rural areas can more easily find a therapist online than in their local communities. Minorities also have an easier time finding therapists who can provide culturally or linguistically relevant treatment.

Online therapy is also beneficial to those who can’t go to therapy during normal business hours. They may have jobs or other obligations that prevent them from getting to a therapist between the hours of 9-5, Monday through Friday. The disabled and elderly also benefit from the ease of online therapy.

Online Therapy: Effectiveness

Some argue that online therapy will never replace face-to-face therapy in terms of effectiveness. The people who benefit the most from online therapy tend to be high functioning individuals. When people are having suicidal thoughts or psychotic episodes, they would probably be advised to seek face-to-face therapy. However, for most common mental disorders, patients showed outcomes comparable to people who underwent traditional therapy. Client satisfaction tends to be higher than provider satisfaction for online therapy. It seems that clients may be more open to technological advancements than the counseling professionals themselves.

Online Therapy: Cost

Online therapy generally costs less than traditional therapy just in terms of time missed from work and parking and transportation costs. However, some therapists charge less for the actual sessions too because they save on gas and office rent.

Online Therapy: Criticisms

Some critics claim that online therapy provides patients with a “security blanket.” They are able to access their counselor or therapist much more frequently, so they may become more therapy dependent. Also, internet connections could go down or be interrupted which can throw off the session. Also, as with everything else, the web makes it easy to exploit patients. Some online therapists have sketchy credentials, and one site sponsored a contest asking readers to post why they would seek therapy; the person with the most popular answer would receive six months of free treatment. Also, insurance companies won’t necessarily cover online therapy like they would a traditional therapy session.

Psychoanalytic Therapy

Psychoanalytic Therapy

Psychoanalytic Therapy

Psychoanalytic Therapy

When people think of the stereotypical psychological method, they are usually picturing psychoanalytic therapy. It is one of the most well-known types of therapy, but it is also one of the most misunderstood and misinterpreted.

Psychoanalytic Therapy: Theories

Psychoanalytic therapy is based off the theories and practice of Sigmund Freud, who founded the school of psychology known as psychoanalysis. Psychoanalytic therapy focuses on how the unconscious mind influences ideas and behaviors. Many times, the therapy will look at experiences from childhood and early adolescence to determine how these experiences have affected the patient in the present. People who get psychoanalytic therapy usually meet with the therapist at least once a week and may remain in therapy for years. It is a long-term type of treatment.

Psychoanalytic Therapy: History

Psychoanalytic therapy is based on the work of Sigmund Freud, who developed his theories in the 1800’s. In 1885, Freud went to work with another psychiatrist, Jean-Martin Charcot, who used hypnosis to treat women who were suffering from what was then known as hysteria. These women presented with partial paralysis, hallucinations, and nervousness.

Freud took what he learned and continued to research hypnosis in treatment. He then worked with another psychiatrist who had discovered that women suffering from hysteria benefited by talking about it. Freud combined the “talk therapy” technique with hypnosis and began to use them both in his practice.

Psychoanalytic Therapy: How it works

Psychoanalysis is a process by which you work with a therapist to identify the root cause of dysfunctional ideas and behaviors and why you think the way you do. Therapists who practice psychoanalytic therapy generally spends time listening to patients talk about their lives. The therapist looks for patterns of behavior or thought that may be playing a role in the patient’s current difficulties.  They pay close attention to childhood events. They believe that unconscious thoughts and feelings play a role in mental illness and negative behaviors.

Psychoanalytic Therapy: Strengths and Weaknesses

Psychoanalytic therapy is sometimes criticized because it is very time consuming and expensive. Many clients are in therapy for years, so the financial and time costs are very high. Psychoanalytic therapy is generally not covered by insurance. Psychoanalytic therapy is also sometimes criticized because it isn’t effective. Some studies show that there is no difference between those receiving psychoanalytic therapy and a placebo group. Other studies show that psychoanalytic therapy is effective, but those studies have been criticized for the way they were conducted.  Some critics also say that psychoanalytic therapy lacks a scientific basis for its theories.

The strengths of psychoanalytic therapy are that it provides a safe, nonjudgmental environment for the client to reveal feelings or thoughts that have led to stress in his or her life. Just sharing these things with another human being can be beneficial for some clients. Even though it has been criticized, it is still a very popular method for treatment among mental health professionals. However, it’s use is declining and it may soon be an obsolete type of therapy.

Emotionally Focused Therapy

Emotionally Focused Therapy

Emotionally Focused Therapy

Emotionally focused therapy is a type of therapy that is used mainly for couples, but it can be employed to treat families and individuals too. It is usually short-term, lasting about eight to twenty sessions. Emotionally Focused therapy tries to reorganize emotional responses and create a secure bond between partners or family members and to reinforce the bonds that already exist.

Emotionally Focused Therapy – Overview

Emotionally focused therapy is based on the emotion theory and attachment theory. The emotion theory sees emotions as critical to the experience of self and in therapeutic change. Emotionally Focused Therapy believes that in order to change an emotion, you first must experience it. So in Emotionally Focused Therapy, your therapist will guide you to experience the negative emotion in order to change it.

Attachment theory is based on the idea that when someone doesn’t feel secure in their relationship, they will pursue, fight, and bully a spouse or family member into responding to emotional cues. Emotionally Focused Therapy aims to create feelings of security in a relationship.

Emotionally Focused Therapy – Success

Emotionally Focused Therapy has been found to be highly successful with couples. It has been found the 70-75% of couples who undergo Emotionally Focused Therapy move from distress to recovery and 90% show improvement. Only recently has Emotionally Focused Therapy been used for families, mostly parents and children. It is not recommended for all couples and families, however, particularly when there is violence or abuse in the relationship.

Emotionally Focused Therapy – Stages

There are three stages in Emotionally Focused Therapy: stabilization, restructuring the bond, and integration/consolidation.

Stabilization: During this stage the therapist creates a secure environment for the couple to have an open discussion about their fears regarding the therapy. The therapist also uses this time to assess the couple and gets an idea of the way they interact with each other. In this part of Emotionally Focused Therapy, the therapist may point out any negative interaction patterns that he or she observes.

Restructuring the bond: This is the change phase of Emotionally Focused Therapy

This is when the therapist will try to understand the needs and fears of each person and in the relationship. The change can be accomplished by the couple recognizing their attachment needs and changing their interaction based on those needs. Like any change, at first it may seem strange to change the way they interact, but the more aware and in control they are, the more they can prevent old behaviors from returning.

Integration/Consolidation: In this stage, the couple and the therapist reflect on the changes and the new emotional concepts they have. It integrates the new ways of dealing with each other into the relationship. It increases the attachment bond between the couple, giving each person a better feeling of security in the relationship.

Emotionally Focused Therapy is great for couples because it allows them to express their fears and insecurities in a safe environment. The therapist is then able to suggest new ways of interaction that would alleviate those fears and insecurities and create a stronger bond.

Psychodynamic Therapy

What is Psychodynamic Therapy?

Psychodynamic therapy is a type of therapy that focuses on a person’s subconscious and the way it affects their behavior. Through the process, clients become aware of vulnerable feelings that they may not recognize consciously. This is a type of talk therapy, so it involves sitting down one-on-one with a therapist. In this type of therapy, the therapist keeps his own personality and beliefs out of the picture. They aim to be like a blank canvas, so the client can gain self-awareness and an understanding of how the past affects the present.

History of Psychodynamic Therapy

There are four different schools of thought that influence psychodynamic therapy: Freudian, Ego Psychology, Object Relations, and Self Psychology. The principals were first introduced in the 1800’s by Ernst Wilhelm Ritter von Brücke, a German scientist. Mostly is based on the theory that a “maladaption” is present in the subconscious, and the maladaption affects behavior and beliefs. Psychodynamic Therapy aims to correct this maladaption so that the person can achieve harmony in their everyday life.

What to Expect at Psychodynamic Therapy

In a psychodynamic therapy session, the therapist probably won’t say much. Many times, the therapist will encourage free-association, which basically means that you say whatever comes to mind. They may occasionally point out something you said, to draw your attention to the thought. Sometimes they will not say anything at all, and you may not either, but most psychodynamic therapy practitioners believe there is benefit in silence, so don’t worry if you can’t think of anything to say for a period of time. To some people, psychodynamic therapy seems outdated. It is often portrayed in books and movies, and it is most people’s idea of “traditional” therapy: The client lying on the couch, while the therapist sits back in silence and takes notes.

Psychodynamic therapy is generally long term, with many therapists recommending a course of two years of sessions for full healing. Then there is brief psychodynamic therapy. This is an alternate form of psychodynamic therapy where the therapist believes that change can happen through quicker process or that an initial period of therapy sessions will start an ongoing process of change that does not need continuous therapy sessions. In brief psychodynamic therapy, there is usually one central issue that is addressed, instead of the client just freely associating. The core focus of brief psychodynamic therapy is identified in the first session, and the therapist keeps that issue the main focus of treatment.

Psychodynamic Therapy for Depression

Psychodynamic therapy is used frequently to treat depression. It often works well in treating depression because the client can freely associate and share whatever thoughts come to them during a session. Many times, this is a great way to identify subconscious thoughts that may be the root cause of depression, especially since sometimes it is hard to identify the cause of depressed feelings. Recent research has shown that psychodynamic therapy is at least as effective as other treatments for depression, and its effects last longer than other therapies.

Core Principles of Psychodynamic Therapy.

Neuro Linguistic Psychotherapy

A Brief History of Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapy

 

Aside from the scientifically long and intimidating name neuro-linguistic psychotherapy is a simple type of therapy that was developed in the 1970s.

 

Neuro-linguistic psychotherapy or NLP emerged with the work of two men named, John Grinder and Richard Bandler. John Grinder was a linguistics professor and Richard Bandler, a mathematics and IT research student at the University of Santa Cruz.

 

Inspired by and drawn from the work of Noam Chomsky, Alfred Korzybski, Gregory Bateson, Fritz Pearls, Virginia Satir and Milton Erickson, John and Richard, found a practical approach to self-exploration through the connection of specific and direct links between language verbal and non verbal and internal processing and habitual behaviors.

 

What does a neuro-linguistic psychotherapy session consist of?

 

The client is actually the one in charge. The client initiates and concludes the therapy. Each session of neuro-linguistic psychotherapy is determined by the outcomes set by the client. The client may have a desired outcome that can form the focus for the neuro-linguistic psychotherapy and an individual outcome for the session. These outcomes and focus the client wants to achieve during a session may change during the process. Nothing can be assumed until the start of each session of neuro-linguistic psychotherapy.

 

What does a neuro-linguistic psychotherapy therapist do?

 

Neuro-linguistic psychotherapy therapists act much like explorers because they don’t know how each session is going to progress. The therapists take the starting point on the belief that the client already has the answers and solutions within their own system- and their job is to reveal them in order for the client to put them to use. The neuro-linguistic psychotherapy therapists enable the client to discover what is generating the problem so the client can have a bigger and clearer picture of what would serve them better.

 

Neuro-linguistic psychotherapy uses visual, auditory, kinaesthetic as well as cognitive channels of information to tap into the clients deep structure stored at an unconscious level. This allows the client to express information somatically using physiology, symbolically using metaphors and representation, and cognitively using a wide range of language patterns.

 

What is the benefit of using neuro-linguistic psychotherapy?

 

Neuro-linguistic psychotherapy works incisively with language which means that the therapists can quickly get to the source of the client’s problem without going too far into background history. The highly interactive approach of neuro-linguistic psychotherapy is a lot like Brief Therapy movement but not as rigorous. Depending on the issue the client wants to focus on and the outcome desired, neuro-linguistic psychotherapy can be very short term-up to 10 hours, medium term, or even long term. Neuro-linguistic psychotherapy or NLP is very unique to each individual and can be extremely structured or flexible depending on what the client wants and needs.

 

Tips for Finding a Therapist

Tips for Finding a Therapist

By Jenny Hunt

Finding a therapist can be a daunting task. There are so many different areas of specialty, methodologies, and accreditations to consider when finding a therapist, it can be overwhelming. Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Marriage & Family therapist, Family Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, Social Worker, the list just goes on and on and we haven’t even considered all the PHD’s and MD’s at all. Therapists of any kind provide help for those seeking mental health counseling and each brings experience, insights, and individual character to the table. How can you go about finding a therapist who is right for your needs?  These tips for finding a therapist will be helpful in your search.

1.) What type of therapy do you need? The first step in finding a therapist is asking yourself, ” What kind of therapy do I need?”.  What is the main issue you are dealing with? Are you having relationship problems? Dealing with past trauma? Suffering from depression or anxiety? Isolating the main area of concern is helpful when finding a therapist. Therapists usually specialize in different areas, so it is important to find one with experience in the area that you need. Keep in mind that if you are suffering from a problem that may require medication, you should probably look for an MD. Only therapists with a medical degree can prescribe medication. If you’re not sure what kind of therapist you need to see then consult with your normal doctor to receive a referral.

2.) Can I afford it? Therapy can be very expensive, so cost is important to consider when finding a therapist. Most insurance plans cover mental health therapy. Make sure you check with your insurance company before you book an appointment with a therapist. Find out about any co-pays or deductibles you may have for this type of treatment. Make sure that you can afford to cover your portion of the costs of therapy.

3.) Can I respect and trust my therapist? Whenever possible, try to meet potential therapists before the first session. Trust is the most important consideration when finding a therapist. Without trust in your therapist, you aren’t likely to make much progress in therapy. For some people, sex of the therapist is an important consideration. Some may be more comfortable with a male therapist, while others feel better in the presence of a female. For other people, the therapist’s life experience may be the deciding factor. Often, people struggling with an addiction will be able to relate to a therapist who has been through the same battle. It is important to consider your comfort level when finding a therapist.

4.) What do his other patients think? Sometimes the easiest way to finding a therapist is asking around. If people you know respect the therapist, he or she may be worth checking out. If no one you know has been treated by the therapist you are considering, Google the therapist’s name. Often you will find reviews and ratings posted by the therapist’s past or current patients. You may not want to put too much stock in any single review. However, if many of the therapist’s patients say the same things about him or her, it may be something to consider when you make your decision. A better source of information is your primary care doctor. Call the office for a referral or ask for one at your next appointment.