Shopping for a therapist? Well, maybe not so much. But, I look at this this way....
When it comes to choosing a therapist or a life coach, finding the right one for you is like finding the right running shoes. Sometimes, off and running, you find a pair that fit just right. But, sometimes you have to try on a couple pair and compare. Still other times, you have to run around the block a couple times.
Sometimes people finally cultivate the courage to make that call and try it out, but find it wasn't helpful and give up. If that has happened to you, or if it ever does, don't give up! You made that call for a reason! Very likely, the person that wasn't a good fit for you is just right for another!
So, how do you begin?
I suggest, that before calling the prospective therapist/coach, ask yourself:
- What do I really want from sessions; what do I hope to gain?
- Why do I want that? How would my life look if I did accomplish it?
- What are my expectations for sessions and for the therapist/coach?
- What am I hoping to gain; support? direction? tools? skills?
- What am I willing to contribute to the process?
Next, make a list of prospects and start calling! Don't be afraid to ask questions pertaining to how they can help you; afterall, they will have many questions for you! You might ask:
- This is what I want to accomplish, have you had success helping others with this?
- Do you have a specialty?
- How often will we meet?
If you are comfortable, you can ask your family, friends, or doctor who they might suggest in your area.
Once you've made your initial phone/in person contact assess; did they welcome your questions and answer confidently? How did you feel after talking with them the first time?
REMEMBER, finding the right therapist/coach, like finding the right running shoe, is vital for comfort, performance, and results! So, if the shoe fits.......