With Hillsborough making the list of the 100 best places to live in New Jersey year after year, the area has a lot to offer-great schools, a safe, family-oriented community, and...lots of options for therapy! You’ve been thinking about going to counseling for a while, you’re ready to get started, and now you’re wondering...how do I find the right therapist for me? Whether you’ve been in therapy before, or are starting over, finding a new therapist can be a daunting experience. If you’re starting to feel a bit stressed out about this whole process, or are stuck and overwhelmed, I’d like to help by giving you some tips to get the ball rolling and get you the support you need. You don’t have to do this alone!
Tips for finding a Hillsborough therapist
Talk to your friends and family, your neighbors and co-workers, your doctors, even your hairdresser! More and more people are going to therapy nowadays, so you may be able to get recommendations from people you know. Your connections can help steer you toward a therapist who was really helpful for them, or, let you know about a less than ideal counseling experience they had. Either way, this is information that can help guide you in this process and give you a starting point.
Do Some Online Research
I recommend reading therapist profiles in online directories. Psychology Today and Good Therapy are two options that allow you to search for therapists using criteria that’s specific to you. Searches can be based on: the issues you need help with, gender of therapist, types of therapy offered, location, language, sexuality, faith, and your insurance company. If you plan to use insurance, you can check out your insurance company’s list of in-network behavioral health providers.
Through online directories, you can click through to a therapist’s website (if they have one). Once you get there, really dig in! Read as much as you can so you can get a feel for who they are as a person, what kind of work they do, and if what they are saying relates to you. If you have unanswered questions that the website isn’t addressing, just ask the provider! Therapists get into this line of work because we love helping people! We want you to have the best possible experience with therapy, so we’re generally happy to answer questions about our work, our areas of expertise, and talk to you about how we can help you with your specific issues.
Get in touch!
Finally, schedule a consultation, or two, or three-however many you need to find the therapist that feels right for you! Most therapists offer a free brief phone consultation-so why not take advantage of that? The therapist will ask a few questions about what’s happening in your life that prompted you to want to go to therapy, what your schedule is like, and if you plan to use insurance. This conversation gives both you and the therapist a chance to see if you may work well together. While talking, notice what’s popping into your head, and how you feel. If you are thinking, “they really get me”, or “they’re easy to talk to”, that’s a good sign. Most of us get a “gut” feeling about people. Whether your gut is telling you “yes!” , “maybe”, or “no way!”, listen to it. Having a good relationship with your therapist is essential to really being able to work through your issues!
I hope this has helped you in your search for a therapist in Hillsborough, NJ. Need more information or still feeling a bit stuck? Feel free to call me at (732) 649-8112 for a free 15 minute phone consultation. I’m happy to talk to you about how I can help you with anxiety and stress, past trauma, and relationship issues. Even if those issues are not things you are dealing with, I can steer you toward someone who may be a good fit for you.