This year we have been faced with many tragedies which painfully remind us that so many people are suffering alone. We question motives and place blame on everything outside of ourselves. The truth is that self-care, mental health, and connection is all of our responsibility. There are moments where we must stand alone but there are so many moments where we need to rely on someone.
For many, trust and openness doesn’t come easy. We are afraid of being judged. We are afraid of connecting with someone and having them see through the fog. We are afraid to face the demons in the closet. And, we are even afraid of moving past the pain that we have come to call a “friend.” A “friend” that usually leaves us feeling exhausted and demotivated but a “friend” nonetheless.
Well, we are here to tell you that therapy can become your ally. It is a space where a trained professional will listen without judgement. A space where you can safely explore the pain and eventually flick it off, sending it on its way.
If therapy is a concept that has crossed your mind, then, this article is for you. We believe there is power in research and in asking the right questions so you can make an informed decision, especially, when it pertains to your well-being. If you are going to invest and invite a professional “stranger” to join in your growth, you might as well be prepared.
What credentials should I look for?
- LMHC- Licensed Mental Health Counselor
- LCSW- Licensed Clinical Social Worker
- Psy. D- Doctor in Psychology
- PH.D- Doctorate with an emphasis on research
So, what’s the difference between an LMHC and a Psy. D (psychologist)?
LMHC’s hold a masters in the field; whereas Psy.D’s or Ph.D’s hold a doctorate. Doctorate professionals are able to apply and offer psychological testing to their clients, whereas master level professionals do not receive such education. Master level or doctorate level clinicians cannot prescribe medication. It should be noted that both titles are equally capable of offering counseling to their clients.
What questions could I ask a potential clinician?
- How long have you been in the field?
- What populations have you worked with in the past?
- How would you describe your style?
- Do you incorporate any religious themes or teachings to counseling?
- What can I expect from a “normal” session?
- What’s your perspective on assignments?
- How much do I have to disclose?
- Can I contact you during the week?
- Can I invite someone to join me for a session if needed? (partner/loved one) Would that cost extra?
- What’s your cancellation policy?
- What insurance providers do you accept?
- Do you take payment plans if I am a cash only client?
- Do we have to meet in your office all the time or can I choose a place outside the office?
- If I don’t feel comfortable with you, could I be referred somewhere else?
- Will the number of recommended sessions change as time goes by?
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We are therapists that wholeheartedly believe in therapy, not only for ourselves but for those we work with and assist. Therapy inspires us as we-the client and therapist- create a beautiful and intimate space for growth to occur and be witnessed.
Give yourself the chance to explore and heal.
Give yourself permission to experience joy.
Give yourself permission to discover you.
If you or someone you know is wondering if therapy is the answer, feel free to connect with us with your questions. You can read more about us on our section About on this blog. You can also contact us by leaving us a comment and/or visit our personal profiles on Psychology Today to read more about our approach to therapy.
All of our clients came in with questions. Don’t feel embarrased to ask. If you choose therapy, we, as clinicians know the importance of assisting you in your journey.
With much love,
Yari and Xiomara
If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, please seek help at:
Click: Suicide Prevention