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Talk therapy is one of the most common and effective ways that people get help with their mental health problems. However, building a strong, trusting therapist-patient relationship takes time. Here is how to find the right therapist for your needs and communication style.

Know What You’re Looking for

Even having a general idea of the mental health problems that you need help with will make finding a therapist easier. Some therapists specialize in different mental health conditions, from stress management to serious disorders such as anorexia. You can also choose therapists who come from similar backgrounds to you, such as LGBT therapists or women.

If you know the kind of therapy that you are looking for, you can narrow down your search further. Some therapists specialize in mindfulness, others in CBT or a blend of approaches. While you do not need to know the ins and outs of different kinds of therapy (you’re not the professional, after all), it helps if you know the kind of therapeutic relationship you would like.

Do a Background Check

Going to therapy means that you’re trusting a stranger with your deepest secrets. You have a right to know that they are who they say they are! Double-check with the state that the therapist is licensed to practice and read reviews from previous patients to see if there are any warning signs.

Trust Your Instincts

Your mental health is too important to entrust to someone who you do not have confidence in. If you do not feel as though you can trust your therapist or they do not respect your boundaries, you have the right to start looking for a new one. Whether you begin to feel this mistrust after the initial communication or after several meetings, leave.

If a therapist attempts to stop you from switching providers, this is a sign that you made the right choice.

The right therapist can help you overcome your mental challenges and live a happy, fulfilled life. That is why it is so important to find one that is a good fit for your needs.