You may be struggling with different issues and to guide you through a trying time, you need to find a therapist who will be able to work well with you. You will not be compatible with any counsellor or therapist. It will take some time to find a suitable counsellor. The first thing you can do is to ask friends and family for recommendations.
You can also contact certain institutes that specialise in these areas for recommendations on therapists who are practicing in your local area. But sometimes, you may not find a suitable therapist in your local area. So you shouldn’t always rely on convenience. You can also check online sources for a therapist who specialises in certain areas such as family counselling Perth. Check how they present themselves online. Do they talk about themselves or do they provide insight on their philosophy when it comes to working with patients. You can also check how they present themselves in the image shown in the website. It is best to steer clear of those who use glamour shots.
Just imagine yourself sitting across from the therapist and see how comfortable you are with the situation. You have to find someone who has a pleasant demeanor that you will feel safe to discuss your issues with. The gender of the therapist may be a concern for some. There can be certain people you are more open with talking about your problems. So if you feel comfortable with a certain gender, you can refine your search for a therapist that way. Counsellors deal with a lot of issues such as marital problems, issues with low self-esteem, substance abuse, depression counselling Perth, stress management etc.
You need to have an idea about the theoretical orientation of the therapist. This may be a bit difficult to find as there can be many orientations. You can discuss this further with potential therapists so you have a better understanding about their approach. You can call a therapist so that you get to know more about them. It can be a bit daunting to call someone you haven’t met but once you get over that initial hesitation, you will be able to learn something about this person. You can ask them about their specialty, whether they have worked with people who had similar issues etc. Ask whether they are licensed. You can look it up later and get it confirmed. Make sure you know what the fee is before you schedule an appointment. Check how you feel talking to them on the phone. You should also note how you feel when you go to your first appointment. If you don’t feel comfortable opening up to that therapist, you may have to find a different one that you will be more comfortable with.