The Wake Forest and Rolesville areas of North Carolina is rapidly expanding as people find that it is a wonderful place to live with a small-town feel and big city amenities. The proximity to Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Research Triangle Park make it an ideal location to live and have and raise a family. Despite the amazing area and amenities, that does not mean that life doesn’t happen and you or someone you love doesn’t need support. But how do you find the support you need? How do you even select a therapist or counselor? I’d like to share some tips for finding someone who’s a great fit for you.
- What do I need?
Starting with what you need is important. Do you feel like you’re always about to jump out of your skin because you’re so anxious? Did you experience something terrible that still haunts you? Is your marriage or intimate relationship dying on the vine? Are you struggling to handle your strong emotions and, because of that, struggling to make and keep friends or even struggling to keep a job? Knowing a little about what you need will help you find a therapist or counselor that can help you address your problems.
- Where do I look?
There are many great places to look for a therapist on the internet. You can check Psychology Today or Good Therapy directories. Each directory allows you to sort by various issues or styles of therapist. You can also do a simple Google search like, “Couples counselors near Wake Forest, NC.”
Friends also can be an amazing resource. Do they know anyone? Can they make a recommendation?
- How do I pick from the ones I found? There are SO MANY OF THEM!
Some areas have a strong therapeutic presence, which is great! But that means picking the one for you can pose a challenge. Start by reading their descriptions on their Psychology Today or Good Therapy pages. Click through to websites of the ones that interest you. Does it look like they have expertise in the area where you need support? Make a list of the top 4-5 that look like they may be a good fit.
- Okay, I have a list, now what? Call or email these therapists. Ask questions like:
What kinds of issues do you help people with?
What type of training do you have?
What does counseling look like with you?
What are your rates? Do you accept insurance? If so, how does that work? If not, what are payment options?
When emailing, be mindful of what you share since not all email is secure. If you want to share details about what is going on for you a phone call is more appropriate.
- What else do I do while talking?
While you’re gathering information, notice how you feel while talking to the therapist. Do you feel comfortable? Do you feel like he/she understands what you’re sharing? Do you get the sense that he/she can help you? If you feel like the therapist just does not get you then that may not be the right therapist for you. You need to feel comfortable sharing what’s going on for you so finding a therapist with whom you gel is really important.
- I talked to therapists, now what do I do?
Now it’s time to make an appointment! You can do that by calling your preferred person back, sending an email, or even using their online scheduling tool if they have one.
What if I go to my first session and realize, “This person isn’t a fit after all?”
Find someone else. That is a-ok. A good therapist will understand and will even help you find someone that’s a better fit.
I hope this helps you find the right therapist in the Wake Forest or Rolesville area. If you are still feeling stuck, feel free to call me at (919) 891-0525 for a free, 15-minute phone consultation. I’d be happy to hear about what is happening and help direct you to the right person. If you are looking for help with anxiety, traumatic events, or your marriage, you can read more about how I can help here and here.