Here you are. You’ve arrived at the stage of contemplating mental health treatment. For me, this came after a weekend of being unable to do anything but lie in bed and cry. I finally realized my mood swings and suicidal thoughts were not healthy and I should seek help and support from a professional. Some of you may even be at the preparation phase of seeking out treatment. In this stage, you have to engage in the dreaded task of finding a provider.
When looking for a provider the three best sources to get referrals are:
Once you have your list, here are five pointers for choosing the best therapist based on my experience of being in and out of various therapies throughout the last 20 years.
Overall, the fact that you feel you need mental health treatment and you are seeking it is a big step. Furthermore, if you are having anxiety about making that first phone call, like I did, ask a friend or loved one to call around on your behalf. Do not get discouraged or give up when trying to find a provider you click with. Also, always remember that you can vote with your feet. If you are working with a provider who is not a good fit, just find a new one. You are the customer, and you deserve to find someone suitable to help you get well.