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  • Writer's pictureClaudio Fibonacci

5 Tips for Finding a Quality Therapist Online and Ensuring They’re the Right Fit for You

How to Find a Therapist Online—And Make Sure They’re Good

Finding the right therapist online

Finding the right therapist can feel a bit like dating. There is the endless web sleuthing, the tentative outreach, the awkward first phone call, and the vulnerable chats. Luckily, the Internet has made finding the right therapist easier than ever before. Last year, 37 percent of all mental health visits in the United States were attended virtually, showing the increasing popularity of online therapy.

The benefits of going virtual

Online therapy offers convenience, accessibility, and flexibility. It has been proven to be as effective as in-person therapy, especially for conditions like anxiety, depression, and PTSD. The ability to text or message your therapist at any time can be particularly appealing.

  1. Convenience and accessibility

  2. Proven effectiveness

  3. Ability to communicate through messaging

Straight to the source

When searching for a therapist online, it’s important to assess your needs first. You can use online referral sites or online therapy platforms like Betterhelp, Talkspace, or Alma to find reputable therapists tailored to your requirements.

Questions and answers

During a consultation with a potential therapist, be prepared to ask about their experience, client focus, therapy style, and logistics such as insurance acceptance and rates. Trust your gut feeling and ensure that you feel comfortable and open during the consultation.

The process of processing

Once you find a therapist you like, give yourself a few sessions to feel it out. Be honest about how you feel and don’t be afraid to ask for what you need. The right therapist will provide you with their full attention, create a safe space for you to express yourself, and help you process challenges effectively.

Therapy is a process that takes time, so be patient with yourself and acknowledge that progress happens gradually.

Remember, the right therapist will support you every step of the way, whether you’re doing therapy virtually or in a traditional setting.

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