How to Choose a Therapist

Carefully choosing a therapist is important to ensure that the service they offer aligns well with your goals.

In Canada, we are lucky to have therapists that concentrate in many different areas. Many clinics offer both virtual and in-person sessions making therapy more accessible than ever. With an abundance of options choosing a therapist may be an overwhelming experience. Carefully choosing a therapist is important to ensure that the service they offer aligns well with your goals. Working with the right therapist is a positive first step on the way to better mental health and well-being. Since therapy is an investment of your time and finances, being selective will help you get the most out of the experience. 

 

The first step to choosing a therapist is narrowing down those that work with your demographic. Therapists can focus their training to work with many different populations. Examples include children, teens, young adults, couples, families, seniors etc. Finding a therapist that works with your demographic should be quick and simple. Most work with a variety of different people.

 

The next step in choosing a therapist is screening their areas of focus. If you have a particular issue you would like help with, finding a therapist that specializes in this area will be very beneficial. Examples of specialty include grief, anxiety, cultural issues, perinatal mental health, relationships, stress, trauma, gender and sexuality. etc. These areas of focus can usually be found in the biography or webpage of a therapist. The Fancy Therapy website has a screening tool that simplifies this process. You select one or more areas of focus from a drop-down list and it will filter through our clinicians to find those that offer the service. 

 

Finally, you can refine your selection based on the techniques that a therapist uses. You may not have a preference, but this information is usually available for you in order to make an informed decision. Examples of techniques include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Emotional Focused Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Trauma Informed Therapy etc. The Fancy Therapy website uses the same screening tool to filter through the techniques that our clinicians use. You can use the tool to simultaneously screen for areas of interest and technique, making it a one step process. 

 

Other things to consider choosing a therapist include personality, availability, and affordability. Some therapists may offer consultations where you can get a feel for their personality and whether it’s a right fit for you. Take advantage of this! The best healing happens when you have a positive and comfortable relationship with your therapist. Fancy Therapy offers free initial consultations for all of our clinicians to give our clients this opportunity. 

 

The availability of a therapist is also an important factor. You want to find someone that will easily fit into your schedule. Therapy shouldn’t increase your stressors, so finding a therapist whose office is in a practical location and is available to you at your desired times is fundamental for a long-term commitment. Our team at Fancy Therapy understands the importance of accessibility and therefore offers all services virtually during weekdays, evenings, and even weekends. Find something that works for you!

 

Once you have chosen a therapist, it is normal to inquire about the cost of their services. Determine their rate, whether it is covered by your insurance, how you can finance it, and how often. Some therapists offer rates on a sliding scale to accommodate anyone with financial barriers. Fancy Therapy is proud to provide an Affordable Therapy Program with sessions that cost only $25. 

 

All in all, choosing a therapist is a personal decision that will involve your unique needs. It may take some time, research, or trial and error, but finding a therapist that you can trust to create a meaningful relationship with is well worth it! Never give up on yourself. 

 

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