This is coming from the girl who automatically hated every therapist she ever went to. Until she found the right one.

The dreaded word “therapy” gives off this certain connotation that you must be this unstable, unaccepted, and ignored person of society. The stigma around therapy is generally a negative one, in the eyes of people who have never had a reason to go. I have tried many different therapists.  The majority of them were not for me. I have had two in my life that I have actually enjoyed. The first was easily one of the best people I have ever met. Unfortunately, she was not covered by my insurance, so I felt selfish for wanting to continue seeing her, with the expenses.

The second is my college’s school counselor. She is the most loving, brilliant, encouraging, and accepting presences. Although I was not eager to start going back to therapy, I decided to give her a chance. It was an excellent decision and she has helped me greatly. I would recommend it to anyone.

If you think you need to talk to a therapist, here are 5 things to consider:

  1. Cost

Unless you can afford it, make sure the therapist is covered by your insurance. Depending on who you go to, it is usually about $120 each time if your insurance does not cover it. If your insurance does cover it, it could be around $40 for co-pay. It depends on your therapist and your health insurance.

  1. Personality

Making sure your personalities click is essential. If you are not 100% comfortable around them, it is a waste of time. Without being comfortable and open, how is the therapist going to help you deal with things? I know, for me, this was tough because I do not talk about my feelings.  It took the right personality to match with mine to make it happen.

  1. Trust

You have to trust your therapist. Remember that he or she is bound to confidentiality.  I promise you, despite what you think, they are not going to think you are crazy. They have more than likely heard and seen it all.

  1. Medication Consideration

Although therapy is great, sometimes your therapist can recommend you can medication for your disorders – such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar, etc. Although a therapist cannot prescribe you any medication, your therapist can recommend certain things for you to look into.

  1. Acceptance

Make sure you are ready to accept, with an open mind, what the therapist has to say. They know what they are doing. If you disagree on something, simply talk about it rationally. They are not trying to unnecessarily label you.

Holly M
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Holly is a lover of cats, politics, and Mexican food. Her favorite activities include going to concerts, shopping and advocating for mental illness and learning disorder awareness. A quote to describe her would have to be "being normal is vastly overrated" from Halloweentown.

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