Mental Health

3 Things to Look Out for In a Mental Health Therapist

Mental health difficulties affects tens of millions of people each year. 

 

That's why mental health therapists are so critical in today's culture. A mental health therapist can help patients to better manage their emotions and trauma experiences.

 

When you are trusting someone with such a critical aspect of your health, its critical that you find a  mental health therapist who can help you recover. But before you choose any therapist, you need to know how to find the best mental health therapist. 

 

Here's a guide on the 3 things to look out for in a mental health therapist.

 

1. Trust & Communication Skills

Trust and communication are essential when you visit a mental health therapist. 

 

You need to be able to trust the person you are speaking to before exposing your personal life to them, otherwise you may not tell them everything and impede the effectiveness of the therapy. 

 

Trust is built gradually with a therapist by taking small risks with information, and assessing the other person’s reaction to that information; this is often when we are feeling the most vulnerable. In other words, to build therapeutic trust, you have to be willing to build a therapeutic relationship with your therapist. This willingness will be based in part on knowing that the therapist that you are speaking to is highly trained, and has the experience you need for effective therapy.

 

The more you open yourself up to the therapist, the more they can help you. The first couple of meetings with the therapist is a good opportunity to build trust and communication.

 

2. Consistent Treatment Option 

Another thing to look out for when searching for a mental health therapist is to see how consistent their treatment options are. 

 

A good mental health therapist should communicate a plan and discuss how you can accomplish this plan. They should also communicate how long it will take to see results on a specific treatment plan. 

 

You want to feel confident that the treatment recommended by the mental health therapist will be effective. 

 

The mental health therapist should also communicate other treatment options and why they chose that specific option. They should also include any side effects you may experience.

 

3. Talking About Progress Made

Finally, you want a mental health therapist who discusses the progress you're making. When you have a therapist who is transparent about your mental health and what kind of progress you're making, it can help you feel encouraged about the work that you are doing. 

 

Talking about the progress you're making also gives you the confidence to continue the treatment option. It doesn't matter if you are suffering from depression or another mental health condition; you should feel confident that the treatment is helping you make progress. 

 

The mental health therapist should want to know how you feel and what kind of progress you feel you are making over the past few weeks and months. 

 

Now You Know What to Look for in a Mental Health Therapist

A mental health therapist can help people recover from life-threatening mental illnesses. But before you choose any mental therapist, it's important to consider these 3 things in this article when you are on the lookout for a mental therapist. 

 

You want to ensure that you are receiving the best medical care from trained health professionals.

 

You can see what kind of mental health Thunder Bay Psychology offers by checking our services on our website. 

 

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