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This one is specific to PTSD/trauma, but is also a good resource: http://www.sidran.org/sub.cfm?contentID=62&sectionid=4

 

This one is more general, and I like it a lot too: http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/how-to-find-a-therapist/
There is a whole section on "explore therapy" that talks about what "good therapy" looks like and how it should work so people can ask themselves if the person they are working with is competent and ethical.

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I know this question comes up quite a bit. It looks like a good place to start. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniela-tempesta-lcsw/how-to-pick-a-therapist_b_4571857.html

 

This to me was most important in finding the right therapist:

"2) Pick a Specialist if Necessary

Think about why you are seeking help and if necessary, find someone who specializes in treating your particular issue. If you are struggling with something very specific like OCD, ADHD, addiction or an eating disorder, it is very important that you see someone who specializes in the treatment of these disorders. There are evidence-based protocols which are used specifically to successfully treat issues like those listed above. If you are seeing someone who doesn't have specific training in your issues, you might be wasting your time and money. Also, someone who claims to be an expert in everything is likely an expert in nothing. The field of mental health is just too broad for any of us to be experts in all issues, so beware of someone who claims such things."

 

I had an awful, awful experience at the same clinic I still go to with a therapist that was not addressing my needs, was constantly late, and all we did for every session was fill out paperwork. At the time, I just needed to see someone, so I didn't think to ask for someone who specialized in anxiety. At the end of our last session together I was in tears walking up to the receptionist's desk to reschedule. As I'm sniffling and on the verge of a breakdown I just had to ask "Is there someone here who specializes in anxiety disorders?" And they were so understanding and so empathetic and immediately set me up with someone absolutely perfect for me. Infact, so much so that she has set the bar really, really high for my interactions with my psychiatrist and other doctors. This is the kind of therapist that knows things out of the norm for me make me uncomfortable, and she never makes it seem like an inconvenience to just warn me of things that may have changed like policies or situations, or hey there are going to be a lot of people here today, let me walk up with you to the front desk. I have never had such a good experience with someone and I am so grateful. Wish I had thought at the time to ask beforehand, but you live and learn.

 

Great article! Thanks for sharing!

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