Finding Qualified Therapists

Therapy is a big decision that can be helpful in your healing. It is important that you take your time in finding a therapist. There are many therapists with many different therapy styles. Some are talkative, some are listeners, some are proactive, and some are reactive. For successful therapy, it is important that you find a therapist whose style you feel most comfortable with.

Finding a Therapist

Insurance: If you have insurance, you should try to get their referral list. From there, you can start the selection process.

Friends/Clergy: Your best referral may be from a friend or a clergy member. Ask if there is someone they recommend.

Referral Service: If you have a specific disorder or issue such as dissociation, sexual abuse, etc., you can call a referral service to get a specialist who treats what you are looking for. You can find the number for the referral service either in the phone book or at a website. Every state has a Mental Health Association that can help you as well.

Sliding scale/low fee: If you don't have insurance and you are not a millionaire, you may need to look for a sliding scale facility. Sliding scale means that the fee is based on what you can pay. When doing so, in most cases, a trainee or interning therapist will see you. These therapists are highly supervised and can be an affordable option to higher priced therapists. If you feel the therapist you are seeing doesn't understand your situation, find another one. Discuss making a change with your therapist, in most cases they will be helpful in making an appropriate referral.

Picking a Therapist

Now that you have done the above steps and hopefully ended up with several names, call them and interview them. Don't be shy. You're trusting them with your mental health. Here's what to ask them to find the right person for you.

Education: What was their education level? Do they have any specialized training? How many years have they been in practice? What type of license or credential do they have?

Philosophy: What is their philosophy in treating clients? How does it compare to yours. Are they empowering by providing tools or are they non-directive? Find out before you go to make sure this will be a good match.

Therapy style: Are they talkative or are they a listener? Is it therapist directed or client directed? What are the methods used? (For example: hypnosis, EMDR, art, gestalt, cognitive etc.)

Cost: How much will each session cost? Is there a sliding scale option? When is payment due? How much is covered by insurance?

Magnolia Counseling provides a variety of options for selecting a therapy method that is best suited to your needs. You do not have to do it alone. To reserve a face-to-face therapy session with one of our helpful therapist, please contact us at (818) 757-7600.