When you’re struggling with your challenges, then it can be really overwhelming to find a good therapist. In this video I break it down for you and show you how you can find a therapist who is the perfect fit for you. Stay with me. Welcome to another episode of the vlog series Get Psyched With Ayan, I am your host and Ayan Mukherjee and in this vlog series, i take concepts from the world of psychology and psychotherapy and bring it to you and give it to you in a way, that’s fun practical and easy to understand. Finding a new therapist can be like finding good fitting underwear. If the fit is good then it can provide a lot of support for you and help you go for your personal goals. Otherwise if the fit is not that good, then it can make your life really miserable. There you go, i just compare myself to underwear. In this video I’m going to show you how to find a therapist, especially in Ontario and what to look for in a therapist. Before we go ahead, i want to clarify the word therapist. When i am using the word “therapist”, especially in the context of Ontario, i’m talking about health practitioners who are licensed and specialized to do psychotherapy. In Ontario, the health practitioners who are licensed to do so, are psychotherapist, family doctors trained in psychotherapy, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and nurse practitioners, as well. Psychiatrists and family doctors are the ones who can diagnose mental disorders and they can prescribe medications but the others cannot. But often psychiatrists are too busy to have the time to do psychotherapy and they have crazy wait lists, so for this video, for the purpose of this video, we will be only looking at psychotherapist, psychologists and social workers. When I use the word therapists, going forward, then they are psychotherapists, psychologists and social workers. There are two major ways of finding a therapist. The first one is through Referrals. So for example, if you have a close friend of yours or a loved one, who is going to a therapist and they really liked the work that they’re doing with this person then they might refer you to this person. Or if you go to your family doctor and tell them, your issue, like i have depression anxiety or something, then they may refer you to a therapist on their referral list. The other method is online searches and it can be a great way to find a therapist and there are many websites which lists therapists. The best listing and the most comprehensive listing in my opinion is Psychology Today. For the rest of this video, I’m going to walk you through a psychology today profile. I’m gonna show you how to search on psychology today and things that you need to look out for on a profile on Psychology Today. I want to quickly show you how to search for therapists using psychology today and I’m up here on google and have typed therapists, psychology today and the location maple. The first thing to remember is location. You want to find a therapist who works close to where you live, so that it’s easy for you to attend those sessions. I’m going to go ahead and click right here and go to the psychology today page. As you can see, these are the listing of therapists who are practicing in Maple, Ontario and you can also see that they can be filtered by insurance, issues that they work with, treatment orientations and a lot of other filters. What I’m gonna do now is go to my profile and my profile is right here as you can see. I will quickly walk you through the different components of a profile. The next thing that you want to look at is the specialization. So does this person work with the issue that you are looking for? In my case these would be the issues that i work with. So you can see anger management, behavioral issues, life transitions, etc. But my specialities would be in self-esteem, men’s issues and anxiety. The next thing you can also look at is the cost factor. Before I go into cost, you can also look at treatment orientation. So if you’re familiar with the different forms of psychotherapy then you can look at what kind of treatment orientations that this therapist can work with. In my case, this is my list. For example, if you’re like, I need, I really need CBT, EMDR or something or hypnosis then you can use this as a filter, as well. Going on to cost, so if you go to the finance section, it tells you the average cost per session. My sessions are around a hundred dollars per session. It also tells you whether therapist offers a sliding scale, which is a discounted fee for people facing financial hardships and also if they accept some form or insurance and also the payment method. So in my case I do accept mastercard, visa, paypal, apart from cash. Next thing to look at is the vibe. Therapy has a lot to do with the therapeutic relationship and that is very subjective. Your therapist can be amazing on paper and be extremely qualified and experienced, but if you can’t click with your therapist then your therapy session won’t go anywhere. So take your time to read their profiles, look at the mug shot and listen to what your gut has to say. The next thing that we want to look at is qualifications. So is your therapist licensed or registered to a particular College? How long have they been in practice? Do they have a website or social media presence and where can we know more about them? These are important questions to ask. On the profile you can see their website link right here. If you click on that, it opens up my website right here and you can get to know more about me in this section and also check out all the social media stuff that I have going on. You can also find more about my qualifications, right here in the qualification section. This is my license number, with the College of Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario, as well as the name and license number of my supervisor. Next thing to look at is complimentary consultation. Some therapists, like myself, offer a complimentary phone consultation or short face-to-face consultation. So go ahead and call them up or visit the clinic, if they do offer that. This is a great way to connect with the therapist before you commit to a full session. if you come up here, they say, call our email Ayan Mukherjee for a free phone consultation and I offer a 30 minute, free phone consultation before we book the first session. And finally, shop around. Shortlist 2-3 therapists from the list and either call them up or try out a session. It is ok to shop around for a therapist and therapists understand that. But once you commit to a therapist, it is better to work with them for at least a few sessions. Do not keep changing therapists, unless it’s a bad fit or if the therapist does something unethical.