How to Find a Marriage or Family Therapist
If you want to save your relationship or work past an issue your family is facing, therapy might be vital. The right therapist can have a positive impact on your relationship and family.
Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to find a therapist that’s a good fit for your situation. Here are some tips on how to find a marriage or family therapist.
Choose a Qualified Therapist
It’s important to make sure you choose a qualified therapist. They should hold a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or doctorate in marriage and family therapy from an accredited college or university. The therapist should also be licensed to practice in the state you live in. Additional credentials in certain types of therapy or areas of therapy are also ideal.
Reach Out to Organizations
Are you trying to find a therapist that specializes in a certain area of mental health? If so, consider reaching out to a national foundation, organization or helpline to see if they can recommend someone in your area.
For example, if you’re looking for a therapist who treats alcoholism, consider reaching out to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. If you’re looking for a therapist that deals with anxiety, try reaching out to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
Local foundations and non-profit organizations may also help point you in the right direction of a good therapist in your area.
Ask for Local Recommendations
If you’re having a hard time choosing a therapist, consider asking people in your community for suggestions. Start by speaking to friends and neighbors if they know of any good therapists.
If you need family counseling or your child needs therapy, the school guidance counselor might have recommendations on therapists who specialize in these areas of practice.
Churches and other places of worship might also have therapist recommendations. Many churches have members who have dealt with difficult issues, such as a death in the family or drug addiction, so they might have recommendations for therapists who regularly work with patients who have these issues.
Support groups are another place to ask for therapist suggestions. A group for couples who have lost a baby, for example, might have recommendations on marriage counselors who have dealt with patients in this same predicament.
Ask Your Health Insurance Company
Your health insurance company has a list of therapists that are covered. More importantly, they often have ratings for health professionals. They can generally tell you which therapists or mental health professionals have the highest ratings in your insurance network.
Talk to Your Doctor
If you’re looking for a therapist recommendation, consider talking to your primary care physician. They know which therapists are available in your local area and may have an idea on who to see if you’re looking for a certain area of practice. Doctors also often hear how satisfied patients are with therapists in the community, so they might be able to guide you to one that will be a good fit for you.
If you don’t have a lot of time for in-person therapy, you might consider trying out an online therapist. Just as with traditional therapists, there are those who work through teleconference and who specialize in couple and family counseling.
You access online therapists through telemedicine apps or Zoom. No matter what app or website you use, it’s important to make sure the teletherapist you see is qualified to practice.
Getting the marriage and family therapy support you need isn’t always easy. It can take trying out several to find the one that’s the best fit for your family, but seeing the right one can be life-changing.