Finding a Therapist in Toronto
If you are, I wrote this post to hopefully help you to find the right therapist for you.
The unknown of starting psychotherapy can be a intimidating hurdle to overcome.
Perhaps you are completely new to this process.
Or perhaps you have had a little or some previous experiences with therapy or counselling in the past, and have an idea of what you would like to gain now.
Or maybe it is that due to more recent circumstances, you are looking to start the process again.
Therapy can be vastly different based on the individual therapist, modality and his/her therapeutic style.
With this in mind, I will do my best to describe the initial stages of the process in a series of posts called Beginning Therapy.
It is my hope that they will help you get a sense of what happens during the beginning stages of the therapeutic process, some of which would be specific to what to expect if you decide to work with me.
Because I understand that finding a therapist is a very personal choice, I have done my best to represent who I am as a therapist through my website.
I would also suggest taking the time you may need in making the decision to set up a consultation meeting, and encourage you to look into the options of the many varied and skilled therapists in Toronto available to you.
It is my belief that a ‘good fit’ is a critical element in the effectiveness of therapy, and you may wish to consult with a number of therapists to determine the right therapist for you.
If you decide to do so, it is best to check with individual therapists regarding fees and format for a consultation, as she or he may provide a reduced fee for a shorter and/or phone appointment.
While a ‘good fit’ could mean something different for everyone, how and what a therapist shares on his or her site would be a good starting point to consider.
If fee, location and availability at certain times are factors, do make sure to note these details also.
Authors Robert Firestone, Lisa Firestone and Joyce Catlett in their book, Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice, suggests asking yourself the following questions to consider during the consultation or first session:
- Did you feel heard by the therapist?
- Did you feel like the therapist respected you?
- Was the therapist condescending?
- Did the therapist seem like a real person or were they playing a role?
- Was the therapist passive or active in the session? What do you like better?
- Does it seem like the therapist will be open to hearing about all your feelings, including frustrated feelings relating to them?
- Did the therapist have a positive outlook on life?
- Did you feel comfortable with the therapist?
- Does this seem like a safe place to express your thoughts, concerns and feelings?