LA living has its perks, we have amazing food, access to sought after entertainment, and endless activities and exploration at our finger tips in a culturally diverse and truly one of a kind city. Although, we have plenty to be grateful for and admire in this city we also encounter our fair share of challenges in keeping up with the demands of professional and personal life. A therapist can be of tremendous support to manage your stress and break free from what continues to bog you down and keep you stuck.
There is no shortage of therapists in Los Angeles, and let’s be honest we all start to sound the same! Figuring out how to choose the right therapist can be a daunting task.
Once you have narrowed down the search of therapists in Los Angeles, you probably have a few questions, most importantly of which can be the ultimate question “can this person truly help me?” The foundation of therapy is based on the relationship you build with your therapist. When seeking someone out its important you feel comfortable with them. If your now thinking well that sounds great, but how do I know if I’ll feel comfortable with them, I have a few great tips to follow.
Request a consultation over the phone
Having the opportunity to speak to a therapist over the phone will give you a more realistic idea of what they will be like in the therapy room with you. During the consultation ask your dire questions but also notice how the therapist responds. Is there a connection? Do you find yourself nodding in agreement or left feeling unsure?
Write down 3-4 sentences explaining what you are seeking support with
You have an extensive and rich life story, and may be experiencing challenges that are difficult to articulate concisely. Take a few minutes before you speak with a therapist to jot down what you want to share during that initial call. Start with the most pressing issue bringing you to therapy, as well as any concerns you may have. When speaking with the potential therapist you want to feel confidant that they will be able to treat the challenges you are facing.
Ask questions, and also notice if they ask you any
Being curious and open is a key piece of an effective therapist. You are an expert of your life, and your therapist is an expert of the therapeutic process and healing. Being able to effectively work together there has to be a sense of curiosity. Take note of whether or not the therapist asks questions or shows a genuine interest in you, and your life story.
I hope this helps you find the right therapist in Los Angeles. If you are still feeling stuck, feel free to call me at (310)-893-4634 for a free 15 minute phone consultation. I’d be happy to hear about what is happening and help direct you to the right person.