Are you trying to find a therapist? Successful therapy starts with finding a counselor you’re comfortable with, that is also licensed and well qualified to address your specific issue. Good therapists are out there, you just need to do a little digging and know what it is you’re looking for.
There are good resources to find a licensed therapist at school or at work, through your family or friends, your insurance company, and if all else fails, the internet. Here are a few resources that you can turn to when looking for a therapist that you can rely on when you live in Illinois.
1. Skip the Yellow Pages
You want a good therapist and a lot of them actually don’t list themselves in the yellow pages. The listings you do find for therapists are going to provide you with only information limited to their contact details – which doesn’t give you much to go on. There is really no way of determining if the therapist you’re looking at is well qualified and good at what they do or not.
2. Ask a Professional That You’re Already Working With
Health care professionals often refer to one another given that they can’t possibly treat every issue for all their patients. There is a good chance that the medical practitioner you know already has a working relationship with a therapist near you. Just ask your medical doctor for a referral to a therapist with whom they’ve worked previously. If you choose to you can sign a release that will allow your doctor and the therapist to speak with one another and collaborate on your care. You also have the option of maintaining your confidentiality and choose to not sign a release. It may not be always necessary for your physician and your therapist to exchange information.
3. Ask Family and Friends
Family and friends want what’s best for you, and if that means connecting you with a good therapist, they’re likely to do so. Family and friends may have already had experience with a good therapist to whom they can refer you. Having someone who can share their first-hand experience with the therapist can you provide you with valuable insights into the therapist’s style and the quality of work they provide.
4. Use a Therapist as a Referral source
If your family member does know a therapist that maybe isn’t the best fit for you, for whatever reason, rest assured they’ll likely have a colleague they can refer you to. If your family or friends happen to know a good counselor – they’re likely with a good practice. Therapists often refer to therapists within their own practice who may have more expertise in any given area. When that expertise isn’t present within their practice, they refer out their practice as well. All that said, they will be more than likely able to provide the names of a few therapists near you that you can research further.
5. Check out Resources at Work
Some companies offer therapy to their employees thru an Employee Assistant Program (EAP) as a work benefit. You will see a counselor for a maximum number of sessions and if they feel like you’re still in the need for additional therapy, that goes beyond your EAP sessions, they will refer you to another therapist near you.
It’s also quite possible the EAP sessions provided are sufficient and allow you to work through your situation without the need to continue therapy. If you do have to continue therapy, the referral will be available.
6. Schools and Universities
Like employers, schools and universities have a vested interest in the mental health of their students. There is a good chance students will have access to one of two things, a health clinic or nurse on campus who is familiar with counselors in the area, or a school counseling service available to students interested in a counseling service. Often access to a counselor is provided at no charge.
7. Your Insurance Company
Your insurance company could be a helpful resource for information and can give you a list of therapists in your area, as well as, those covered under your policy. Typically, insurance companies have a list of preferred providers they can give you which will allow you to further research the referrals on the list.
8. Use the Web
With any of these methods, you’re usually going to get a list of names. You can easily plug these practitioner’s names into a Google search, read reviews others have put out, view their professional pages and look at the website for their practice.
How to Find a Therapist in Your Time of Need
Finding the right therapist for you is an important process but not a difficult one. Take the time to do the research and ask around. Sometimes, you can see a counselor through work or school and they can refer you to a therapist or a psychiatrist who can prescribe medication.
Use these tips on how to find a counselor near you.
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