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Even when you think you might be ready to start or return to therapy, you may wonder about finding a therapist who’s a good match. In these days of tele-therapy, it can be both easier and harder to find someone. The field is wider, providing greater selection, but that also may make it more difficult to narrow down your choice.
It may surprise you to learn that I started therapy (by choice) when I was 14 years old. I’ve had some half dozen therapists over the decades—fair and great ones—and learned something from them all. If you’re in the market for one or are evaluating your current therapist, here's some excellent advice about how to make this important choice from “Not making progress in therapy? Make sure you and your therapist are a good fit.”
The author encourages you to do the following:
Therapy has been called the art of reparenting and it’s true that it’s not just the issues you talk about that make a difference, but your relationship with your therapist. You should feel as if you’re in a positive—what’s called a “holding”—environment and should be able to comfortably engage in rupture and repair. If you’re not making progress, don’t be afraid to say so or say goodbye and find a better match.
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