It can take time, money and effort to find a therapist that is a good fit for you. These are some tips to help you "shop" for a therapist. These suggestions are based on both my experience as a therapy client (or, in marketing terms, as a consumer of therapy services) and my professional experience as a therapist.

To me, selecting a therapist is similar to hiring any other professional. You will first interview a few candidates. The next step is to interview them by phone, in person, or both. Finally, you decide who you will hire. You can also find a professional therapist from Alamo Ranch Counseling & Wellness.

You can allow your feelings to influence your decision when you are looking for a therapist. Although it's not recommended to let your emotions or feelings dictate how you act, therapy is unique in that it is built around emotions and feelings. 

Therapy is a way for patients to talk about their personal issues with therapists in order to improve their emotional and/or physical health. Exposing one's private information can make one vulnerable. Therefore, it is important to have a sense of safety. Do not be uncomfortable with the potential therapist and don't hesitate to interview the next candidate.

Pre-interview will see you rely on one or more of the following sources to select candidates: online sources, personal connections, and online sources (therapists online directories and Google Search). I don't believe that any one source is better than the others. Each has its pros and cons.