Where Do I Start?
The hardest part is deciding that you need help.
From here on out, everything gets easier.
I often describe finding a therapist like online dating. You want to narrow the search by finding people who specialize in what you need: trauma, divorce, grief, sex therapy, etc.
Then you want to look at their bios. Find at least 3 therapists that speak to you. Reach out to all of them whether via email or phone and ask them the following questions:
- How would you work with me?
- How do you believe change occurs?
- What does a typical session look like?
When they respond, this should help you narrow down your search to one therapist.
All you need to do after that is schedule.
Or if you have more questions, be sure to call and ask. Many therapists will schedule a time to discuss further details over the phone.
At the first session, think of it like a first date. You are starting to get to know each other and you will be asking questions about each other to better understand the process.
Most therapists will have documents for you to review the finer details of the process: how to pay, how to schedule, what to do if we run into each in public, etc.
Finding a therapist is like finding a new pair of jeans.
Sometimes you have to try on a few before you find the right pair and sometimes you get it right on the first try. Therapists are trained not to take this personally-don’t be afraid of hurting feelings.
Disclaimer: While finding a therapist is like dating, our practice policy is that all therapists at Petrichor will never date current or past clients at any point in time.