Self-Care: In search of a therapist…

I am no stranger to therapy. I have been on and off the therapist couch for about a decade. I have benefit greatly the times I have been in the couch working through issues such as anxiety, managing the transition to graduate school and recently regarding my eating disorder.  I have found modalities that work at different time from the regular talk therapy to let’s dig into your past.

When it comes to my eating disorder I found that it was a combination of talk therapy, cognitive behavior as well as group level therapy that worked for me.  It has been a process. For a while I had a great therapist who helped me get to the place that I am for today. I walked through months of PTSD and lack of sleep.  I learned new coping mechanisms such as working out on a consistent basis, honesty and most importantly feeling the feelings.

Although I continue to remain in touch with my last therapist and I may even partake in one of her group programs.  What my gut is currently telling me is that it’s time to find another therapist to work on a one on one basis.

As I know this is a process that can be intimidating and well it’s like dating.  My plan is to share (in general) my journey as I navigate my search for a new therapist.

What I am looking for?

  • Someone who takes my insurance. In-network/Cigna only
  • Someone who is within 5 miles from my workplace
  • Someone who specializes with eating disorders
  • Someone who is somewhat sane, maintains clear boundaries and is engage in my life stories and narratives

Action Steps:

  • Go to my insurance and do an online search for potential therapist
  • Cross-check these potential therapists with their Psychology Today Therapist Profile
  • Make initial phone calls to see time availability for potential intake

I will keep you posted how this journey goes!?!

I am curious to hear, have you gone to therapy? Is there a stigma still attached to having a therapist? Do you have any tips that you have learned from your own therapist search?