3. Defining Who You Want to Work With

if you’vedone a quick web search for  therapists you may have been overwhelmed by all the options- especially if you’re not familiar with different therapy modalities and practices.  In this chapter you’ll learn how to define professional and personal criteria for your harpists as well as get an die of what healing modalities may e right for you.

  • THERAPIST
  • Experience
  • If you are a sexual trauma survivor, or thin you might be one it can be incredibly beneficial to have a therapist who has experience working with this specific challenge.  Most sites will allow you to filter things based on specialty, gender, location, and ally ships.
  • Common specialties for survivors include: PTSD, sexual trauma, sexuality, self esteem, veterans, and intimacy.  
  • You can also ask the therapist about their experience working with survivors and how they’ve helped previous clients overcome issues around this sort of trauma.
  • In you ‘ considering therapy page’ Take a moment to write down some areas you would like to work on
  • Personality and background
  • While your therapist doesn’t need to be your new best friend it often helps if you can connect to some aspect of their personal appearance, hobbies, or cultural background.  
  • In you ‘ considering therapy page’ Take a moment to write down some things that are important to you in a  therapist.  Some examples are: someone who understands my cultural background, someone who is an LGBTQ ally, someone who shares my religious values. etc.  There is no wrong answer here, and it’s a great practice to define yoru values and desires.
  • In you ‘ considering therapy page’ Take a moment to write down your personal preferences.
  • Type of Therapy.
  • There are so many different types of theories and approaches to therapy, and they will each effect how your experience in the long run and session by session plays out.  Some therapy forms are all about talking, while others are more about using your body or creativity,some give you homework, at this day in age, if you can imagine it, there’s probably a the of therapy for it.  most therapists blend different approaches but it can be helpful to get an idea of what approach resonates with you.  
  • Common approaches are psycho-analysis (aka talk therapy) CBT, DBT, EMDR, and behavior therapy.
  • Set aside ten minutes to browse these different forms of therapy and then write in yor
  • uIn you ‘ considering therapy page’ Take a moment to write down some styles that seem interesting to you.

You’re making great progress.  Next we’re going to look at how you can actually find and contact your future therapist.

our ’therapy needs’ sheet now includes  what challenges you re seeking support for, the professional and personal background of your ideal therapist, and it might even include certain therapy approaches that resonate with you.  That is a lot more than many people start with when seeking support so if you made it this far give yourself a pat on the back!

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