Finding a good therapist can be challenging. You can try asking around for recommendations, or browsing your local directory. Doing some research, like exploring  potential therapists’ websites can give you a good feel for them and the methodologies and tools they employ. There is no substitute for an introductory meeting, where you’ll get a sense of the kind of connection you might develop. You may want to ask potential therapists about their approach before meeting them. You can then look it up, get an idea of how it works, and evaluate whether it is suitable for you.

You will not always find your perfect therapist on the first try, so you may need to visit a few before you find one with whom you feel safe and comfortable. Your therapy sessions may cause you to feel vulnerable, so you must feel a high level of connection with your therapist.

Sometimes, you might have doubts about whether your relationship with a therapist is working out for you. It’s usually beneficial to bring these doubts into therapy and discuss them with your therapist. Over time, if you feel your current therapist isn’t the right one for you, you might want to choose a new one. There are many different schools of therapy. Some people prefer cognitive therapists, who focus on specific behavioral changes, while others prefer dynamic talk therapy, which uses the dynamics of the patient-therapist connection to surfaces and investigate issues from the patient’s life, or any number of different therapies, such as psychoanalysis, bodywork, or breathwork. It is important not to settle for a therapist. Make sure you get the right one for you.

There are several different contexts in which you can see a therapist: