The Clergy Wellness Taskforce of the Board of Ordained Ministry has produced a Helping Professionals Directory. Click here to download the latest version. They have also prepared the following advice. If you see any corrections, updates, or deletions that need to be made, please contact Sue Magrath at email@example.com.
Making the right choice of a therapist is one only you can make. It is good to get referrals from your friends or colleagues to start, but what is right for them may not be a good fit for you. It is important to call the therapist or visit their website to get basic information about his or her practice.
The American Psychological Association gives these guidelines and questions to consider when choosing a therapist:
Therapist and clients work together. The right match is important. Most therapists agree that an important factor in determining whether or not to work with a particular counselor, once that person’s credentials and competence are established, is your level of personal comfort with that person. A good rapport with your therapist is critical. Choose one with whom you feel comfortable and at ease. Ask the following questions:
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