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3 Signs of a Good Therapist

3 Signs of a Good Therapist

Be sure that you are comfortable with the therapist’s therapeutic style and the manner in which she communicates

Deciding to see a therapist is a terrific step toward recovery from a mental health disorder or addiction. However, finding a good therapist may seem overwhelming—you may not want the process of finding a therapist to interfere with your goal of recovery, so you may quit before you even begin. However, with help you can find the professional treatment that will promote recovery.First, create a plan for finding a therapist, which begins with listing the workers whom your health insurance covers. While you may end up choosing a therapist outside your network, first look within it to see if you can get therapy for less money.

After identifying your potential therapists, take a personal inventory of your needs and preferences. Be clear with a therapist about your issues and that you want to explore difficult subjects. Also, speak to trusted family members, friends or colleagues to see if any of them would recommend a therapist they have visited. Finally, research potential therapists online to learn about their specialties, and see if any of them strikes you as somebody you would like to work with.

After doing your research, set up an appointment. Have an initial consultation to see if you are comfortable dealing with that person; if not, move on to the next person on your list. It is vital to find someone who can truly help you, which means you should consider each therapist’s credentials, therapeutic and communication style and availability.


It goes without saying that a therapist has to receive training before she is certified to offer counseling. However, if you are struggling with a mental health disorder or substance abuse, make sure that the therapist you chose has credentials in your particular area of interest.

Therapeutic and Communication Style

You will spend considerable time with a therapist exploring many issues, so be sure that you are comfortable with the therapist’s therapeutic style and the manner in which he communicates. You may be more comfortable with someone who communicates empathy than someone who tackles tough issues bluntly.


Be clear about your therapist’s availability. Does the therapist permit phone contact, conversations or text messaging? Does she have specific times of the day when she is unavailable? Does she have a referral source if she is unavailable due to personal or professional reasons? Determine how much time you think you need from the therapist, and clarify upfront whether those needs are mutually agreeable.

Help Finding a Good Therapist

When dealing with your addiction recovery or a mental health disorder, good therapists provide considerable value, so please call our toll-free helpline to find a therapist you want to visit. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day at a toll-free helpline to answer any questions you have about therapists who focus on drug abuse and mental health disorders.