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So I'm on the prowl again... Searching high and low for a matching therapist. Any tips for increasing the chance of one that'll work for me? So far I'm just look specifically for cognitive therapy, social anxiety, mood disorders, and depression.

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So I'm on the prowl again... Searching high and low for a matching therapist. Any tips for increasing the chance of one that'll work for me? So far I'm just look specifically for cognitive therapy, social anxiety, mood disorders, and depression.

Well I think one point to consider would be the credentials of the therapist.  Ideally you probably want to see a registered clinical psychologist who specialises in CBT.  Unfortunately its very hard to find out if the therapist will be compatible with you until you have your first session. 

Recommendations from friends, family, your family dr or p-doc should be your first port of call.  Often psychiatrists and psychologists are in the same circles and now each other in a region.  If you have a good dr who knows you, he or she should be able to recommend a therapist and arrange a referral. 

I only see my p-doc now (I cant afford to see a t-doc as well) but he has a masters degree in mental health as well, and specialises in psychotherapy.  This is really helpful because I can see just the one person for therapy and medication.  Of course I would love to see my t-doc again, but cant afford it straight and simple ;)

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are you on insurance?  if so, start with the list of covered providers. 

then think about what you want.  do you want CBT only.  do you want CBT combined with psychodynamic?  do you have a gender preference (i don't mesh well with women.) 

think about your prior doctors.  what did you like and not like.  make a "dream therapist" list.

ask your pdoc, your gp, friends, etc.  maybe someone they like is on your insurance.

and then, call them.  ask them on the phone what kind of therapy they do.  of you need CBT, make sure they're well trained.  ask them what their primary interest is (like, you're not going to want a child psychologist.)  tell them your issues and ask if they've treated patients like you.  ask as many questions on the phone as you want, don't be scared.  you're screening them for a job. 

and then.... well, make a few appointments with ones that sounded good over the phone.  compare the lot, and hopefully one of those you will like. 

i just did this this week.  have 2 appointments next week.  it's hard.  and... sometimes, in the meeting, if it goes not so well, you can say "i don't think you're a good match, i'm looking more for someone who ________. do you know someone like that?"  a good tdoc should have no problem offering you names of people they think would be a better match for you.

best,

penny

oh, and if they aren't in your insurance network, ask them before hand about how much they charge.  don't want to find a great tdoc and then realize you can't afford him/her.

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Thanks for the suggestions. I guess just like meds I'm gonna have to go all out and try various therapists.

I'm tired of ranting on the net and blindly assuming people know more than me and can help me. Well some have helped a lot, but usually I creep people out. Geez, I act like everyone is a therapist and I'm free to say whatever I want.

I have also done it with random strangers in person when I was manic. It's creepy as hell! Imagine asking a stranger for help! Why would I do such a thing? The problem is too complex. They don't give a rats ass.

I do have insurance and have looked at the list. Now it's time to try one of them that meets my criteria.

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Thanks for the suggestions. I guess just like meds I'm gonna have to go all out and try various therapists.

yeah.  it's a pain.  i've been having major panic attacks all week about this process.

I'm tired of ranting on the net and blindly assuming people know more than me and can help me. Well some have helped a lot, but usually I creep people out. Geez, I act like everyone is a therapist and I'm free to say whatever I want.
please feel free to rant here.  i'm glad you've gotten some help.  you don't creep me out.  you're free to say whatever you want here.  (well, don't like insult the hell out of other members, etc.) but talk about you all you want. 

but yeah... as much as i love this place, it's not a substitute for a good professional.

I do have insurance and have looked at the list. Now it's time to try one of them that meets my criteria.

good luck.  i think i made a million phone calls before i found the two that i'm going to try out next week.  hopefully i'll like one of them.  if not, back to the list i go with a wider mile radius i guess.

good luck.

let us know how it goes.

penny

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