To find the therapist that best fits your needs at this time, identify the attributes that are important to you now in a therapist, and then narrow the number of possibilities down to the group of therapists with those attributes.
There are many well trained and experienced mental health clinicians in New York City – you can visit websites such as www.psychologytoday.com or www.zocdoc.com for listings of therapists by zip code. With so many therapists in the city, the challenge is identifying which therapist amongst those available is right for you at this time.
Consider the search for a therapist as analogous to a Venn diagram: identify the attributes that are important to you in a therapist, and then narrow the number of possibilities down to the group of therapists with those attributes.
First consider what credentials are important to you. For example, psychiatrists are trained as physicians and can prescribe medications, psychologists are trained as scientists and as psychotherapists and don’t prescribe medications. Would you prefer to work with a male or female therapist? Do you need to find a therapist who is listed as an in-network provider with your insurance? Are you looking for a therapist closer to your home or to your work? What problems are you seeking to address? Therapists will usually describe on their website or webpage the conditions they treat and the problems they help patients address.
Once you have narrowed your list of possible therapists down to a few, consider making consultation appointments with those therapists. Decades of research on the psychotherapy process show the quality of the therapist-patient relationship to be strongly associated with progress in treatment. So follow your intuition after the consultation appointment, and if the fit doesn’t feel right to you, schedule a consultation appointment with the next therapist on your list.