Finding the right therapist can be difficult, as a quick search is going to yield hundreds of results with many of them booked or not specialized in what you need. Some people want to resolve family and relationship conflict, some people want a safe space to talk about past trauma, and some people enjoy the helpful life coaching that a therapist can provide. Whatever your reason may be, it’s going to influence the type of therapist you choose.
1. Find Someone Who Specializes in Your Age Group.
As we enter different phases in our lives, our worries and issues are going to change. For those of us who are 50+ our issues are going to be a lot different than the issues of a recent college grad. Finding a therapist with substantial experience working with people your age is going to greatly enhance their understanding of your life.
They’ll know the historical context in which you’ve lived: social movements, wars, cultural phenomena, and so on. They’ll also be more acquainted with your body and brain, which functions differently according to age. A therapist who doesn’t specialize in your age might not fully understand the effects that aging has on the chemical and physical makeup of your body, and they won’t be able to treat your issues the right way. At WellQor, our therapists specialize in issues of aging, understanding the unique problems that occur during each phase of life.
2. Look into Their Training and Experience.
Specialized training and broad experience can make a therapist a better fit for you. You’ll want to find a therapist who has experience dealing with a wide variety of issues, and specifically issues that affect you. The experience and training that your therapist has will allow them to pick up on cues faster, and help you get on the right track. For example, the experience that our therapists have with treating anxiety and depression allows them to treat these issues proactively and effectively. Since they’ve treated anxiety and before they can identify early warning signs, recommend tested and proven treatment plans, and alleviate the root causes of depression and anxiety
3. Find Someone Who You Like!
Finding a therapist that works well with your personality is going to help you see better results at a faster rate. When we talk to therapists, we sometimes approach topics that are deeply personal. It’ll be easier to work through these topics if you like and trust your therapist. At WellQor, our therapists work to build trusting relationships with patients, so they can better understand your life and the issues that affect you.
WellQor is a telebehavioral healthcare company focused on mental health for mature adults. With a national network of licensed mental health providers specializing in mature adult issues, WellQor helps people 45 and older with therapy for depression, grief, anxiety and other mental health issues in the context of mid-life and later life experiences. Our counselors and therapists help seniors and mature adults with major life transitions, changes in health and mobility, developing mental health issues and temporary periods of stress or depression often associated with aging. WellQor patients access services on an easy-to-use, secure web and mobile telehealth platform that makes things both simple and private. Visit WellQor.com for more information and to check insurance coverage by state.