Tips for Choosing the Right Family Therapist
If your family is going through a rough patch, don’t be discouraged. Many families face both internal and external challenges that can put a strain on their relationships. Seeking support from family counseling services is a good way to mend and tensions or rifts between family members, as well as strengthen familial relationships. If you’re searching for the right family counseling service for you and your loved ones, check out these tips to ensure you find the perfect match.
Finding Your Options
When it comes to searching for a great family therapist, it’s always a good idea to start with referrals. Speak to your family doctor as they likely have a close relationship with you and your family members and might be able to give you some recommendations of practitioners who they think would be a good fit. If you’re comfortable, it’s also a great idea to touch base with friends and family to hear if they have any suggestions, particularly if you know they’ve struggled with similar challenges like divorce, blending families, dealing with loss, or family members struggling with addiction.
Finding recommendations from friends and family is a great first step, and if that doesn’t quite pan out, the American Psychological Association has a great search tool to find registered psychologists in your area. Don’t forget to also verify the credentials of any potential counselor and check in about your insurance coverage before booking a meeting!
So, you’ve found a couple of options, and now it’s time to meet some prospective family therapists. Whether you’re doing an initial screening call or have set up a meeting time, there are a few things you should check in about. Learn more about what experience they have not only with family counseling services but what types of challenges they’ve supported families with in the past. Ask questions about their approach to family therapy, and try to get a feel for whether or not they’re doing their best to create an open and welcoming environment for you.
Family Check-in & Follow-Up
After your first appointment, it’s time to do some reflection and have a family check-in. Think about whether or not there were any red flags – for example did the therapist frequently interrupt any family members? Did they skip over allowing any family members to share their feelings? Make sure that each of your family members feels there was space for them to engage and participate in the session. If this was not the case, maybe consider continuing your search and finding a counselor that everyone feels comfortable with.