Life in the live music capital of the world can seem pretty idyllic. We’ve got festivals, food trucks, and dog parks. It’s hard to imagine anyone ever getting bored or lonely! But the truth is: it’s tough to meet people in a place that’s constantly changing and growing. And if you’re someone that doubts whether you’ll ever fit in anywhere, it’s even harder to feel connected. It’s in these moments that getting the right support can make all the difference. Believe it or not—all the quirky awesomeness that Austin has to offer can be enjoyed by you too.
Here’s my step-by-step guide to finding a therapist who will make you feel truly connected to yourself and others in ATX (Houston, Dallas, San Antonio…or any place for that matter).
1.) First, figure out all the logistics.
Are you planning on using insurance or private pay? Do you need someone available nights or weekends? Are you someone who would feel more comfortable meeting a professional online? Knowing the answers to these types of questions can help you narrow down the search and make it more likely for counseling to be successful. Think about it, if you’re someone that’s annoyed by Austin’s traffic, you’re more likely to skip out on sessions with a therapist that’s cross town and consequently postpone relief and healing.
2.) Identify three potential counselors.
Go online, visit your insurance company’s website, or search popular sites like Psychology Today for counselors with the specifications you’re looking for. Decide on three counselors that seem to LOVE working with people going through exactly what you’re going through. You’ll have a greater chance of finding the right person if it’s clear early on that they can help you with what you need.
3.) Set up meetings/consultations.
Don’t be afraid to interview the person(s) you found. Many clinicians offer free initial consultations to help people figure out whether starting counseling with them is a good fit. This is your opportunity to get to know the counselor a bit more and decide if you feel connected to them.
4.) Pick the person you clicked with most!
You might be thinking…well wait…what about the education, expertise, etc. Yes, all of that’s important too (and for more info about that, click here) but all things equal, you want to feel like you can comfortably talk to the counselor about your most difficult experiences and feel like they get it. That’ll actually increase your chances of having a positive outcome from therapy.
I hope this helps you find the right therapist for you! If you're still feeling stuck, feel free to call me at 512-586-7001 for a free 15-minute phone consultation. I’d be happy to hear about what’s happening and help direct you to the right person. If you are looking for help with loneliness, low self-esteem, depression, or anxiety, you can read more about how I can help here.