How to Find the Perfect Therapist

By: Gretchen Hufson

Most anxiety disorder sufferers need a little extra help in learning to manage the triggers and symptoms of their disorder. Those that find the best therapist for them tend to be more successful at managing their disorder.
Your family or friends can help you find the best therapist. They know you and may know a therapist that would compliment your personality well. They may be able to recommend a therapist that helped another friend, family member or even themselves. They probably won?t hesitate to share their personal opinions of this therapist either!
Bear in mind the perfect therapist for one will not be for another. We are not looking for the faultless doctor here, rather the best fit for each individual.
If you don?t know anyone that can recommend a doctor or therapist, take your search to the Internet. You can search by anxiety disorder type (if you know what it is), location, office information and read reviews from people who have visited the office.
If you have not done so already, research your anxiety disorder. There is virtually limitless information that is available to you. Gravitate more toward the authority sites for the best information. Websites like Wikipedia provide great information including the disorders history, causes, symptoms and treatments.
During the appointment, explain that you are in search of the perfect therapist for you. You will both be trying each other on for size, or seeing if your personality and thoughts about the anxiety disorders and treatments are compatible. It?s natural to want answers, but keep in mind the therapist will have to get to know you a little bit more before they are able to provide a diagnosis and treatment options.
The goal of the initial appointment is just to see if the two of you are compatible. You may have differing opinions of treatment for example. It is completely natural to want answers to your specific situation but any good therapist will tell you they need to learn a little more about you first.
Finally, consider the non-treatment factors as the final step to find the best therapist. Are they located close to you? Are they budget friendly? Are you comfortable with them, their staff and in their office? Granted, you may be a little uncomfortable just because its new, but you will know which therapist is best for you.

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Understanding the anxiety symptoms is the first step in the healing process. Anxiety disorders affect millions - many of which never seek help. If you are reading this, you have already taken the first courageous step! Now, keep the momentum going!

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