Have you ever tried to find counseling or a new therapist?
People seek out therapy for all kinds of reasons. Maybe you’ve:
- Hit a rough patch and would like to talk with someone about it.
- Experienced something traumatic, and you’ve been carrying that with you ever since.
- Had a therapist, but you didn’t feel you were a good match.
- Switched insurances, and now you need someone who’ll accept your new plan.
- Moved to a new in town and would like to continue the work you were doing with another therapist before you moved.
Whatever the reason, and whether you are searching for individual counseling, marriage counseling, a child therapist, or some other need, there are common problems many people face when trying to find a new therapist.
Today I want to break down some of the most common problems people face during their search.
Here they are, in no particular order:
Problem #1: You find a few options, but the soonest appointment you can get is weeks away.
Most therapy offices are organized in one of two ways: individual private practices, or agencies.
Despite their differences, if you try to make an appointment at either type of office, you might to experience difficulty getting an appointment quickly.
Problem #2: They don’t have hours that work for you.
The fact that you work from 9-5 shouldn’t keep you from getting the help you deserve.
But some therapy offices only offer M-F, 9-5 hours. If you can’t get away from your office to attend regular therapy sessions, these offices are not good long-term solutions for you.
Problem #3: They don’t accept your insurance.
Therapy offices have some discretion about what insurances they will accept and the ones they won’t accept.
This can be one of the most discouraging parts of finding a therapist. If you connect with a therapist, you may or may not be able to continue to see him or her, solely based on your work-provided health insurance.
Problem #4: They’re not experts in your area of need.
If you have a crumbling marriage, that’s a very different problem than someone dealing with the lingering affects of past traumatic experiences.
If possible, try to find a therapist who specializes in working with people with struggles similar to yours. You’ll have less choices in your search, but you’ll have a better chance of success if you can connect with someone specially trained to work with you.
Problem #5: How do I know if they’re any good?
This is perhaps the most difficult question for anyone searching for a new therapist or counselor. Online reviews certainly help, but nothing will ever take the place of in-person interactions.
The best scenario is if you can find a therapist or group of therapists with a free, easy-to-schedule initial consult. That way you can meet the people at the office and go over their services, with zero risk to you up front.
There is a new therapy model popping up around the country. It’s one that puts you and your needs first in every decision, including decisions about what hours to offer, how quickly people can get in, and what insurances to accept.
If you’re looking for a new therapist or counselor, I highly encourage you to seek out one of these new group practices.
To use ourselves as an example, a couple of years ago, I helped form Heart-Centered Counseling in Fort Collins, Colorado, specifically to offer people like you a third option for therapy, besides individual practices and agencies.
At our offices, with a single call:
- You can make an appointment right away, usually within 24 hours.
- You can get an appointment time that works for your schedule.
- You can see a highly-skilled therapist who has special experience working with people just like you.
- We’ll take your insurance.
- We’ll take exceptional care of you (and your spouse and family too, if you’d like them to join you).
Whatever your reason for seeking out help, my sincere hope is that you won’t let the difficulty of finding a therapist prevent you from getting the care you deserve.
Be resilient if you have to. But if you can find an office that’s working with this new business model, that’s the place to go.
If you’re in the Front Range of Colorado (Denver, Greenley, Fort Collins, or Colorado Springs), we’d love to see you. Browse this site to learn more about us, or give us a call any time: (970) 498-0709.