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How to Tell If a Therapist is the Right Fit

Are you overwhelmed by the prospect of finding the right therapist to help you overcome your mental health and life challenges?

Ideally, you’ll find the perfect therapist right away. However, don’t get discouraged if that doesn’t happen. While it may take some time to find the right fit, the effort is well worth it. For those seeking therapy in Boulder, Connected Roots understands the importance of finding a therapist you feel comfortable with in order to achieve the best possible results. Our experienced and devoted clinicians have varied approaches, providing you with options to explore what works best for you.

Selecting the right clinician is critical to your success in therapy, which is a goal we wholeheartedly support. We’ve put together some suggestions for you to keep in mind when seeking the ideal therapist for yourself.

What Method Does The Therapist Recommend?

Before your first appointment, take time to write down your therapy goals or any specific conditions you want to address. During your first appointment, review the list with the therapist and ask for their insights into which therapy method they think is best for you.

The therapist may suggest that talk therapy or Cognitive-Based Therapy (CBT) is right for your needs. CBT is a form of therapy that helps you reframe thoughts in a more positive light as you deal with daily challenges. In other cases, they might suggest Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). DBT incorporates mindfulness practices and helps you deal with problems, while also improving your interactions with others.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is another form of therapy that encourages individuals to embrace their thoughts and feelings, rather than fighting or feeling guilty for them.

Your therapist may also suggest group sessions, recreational therapy that connects you to nature, or other options. When starting a therapy journey, the ideal situation is for you to understand the overall approach and outcome goals - so you are encouraged to ask questions.

Do You Feel Comfortable With The Therapist?

It’s essential that you feel comfortable with both the therapy method and your individual therapist. While you should trust your instincts, remember that the comfort level we feel with a person tends to increase over time. First impressions are insightful, but it may take more than one session to determine if you feel comfortable with a therapist.

Therapy is most successful when you feel you are in a safe space to express your feelings and thoughts freely. A good therapist will show a genuine interest in you and provide you ample time to talk during your sessions. Even on days you don’t feel like talking, a skilled therapist knows how to make your session productive.

Because therapy brings up a range of emotions, you need to trust your therapist with your feelings so you can cry, laugh, or express anger, as well as to share your thought processes in challenging situations. With this information, your therapist is better equipped to help you. Additionally, you will receive the most benefits from treatment when you feel like you can be your most authentic self.

Your Sense Of Connection To A Therapist

If you don’t feel at ease with a particular therapist after a few sessions, it may mean they aren’t the right one for you. However, don’t make the mistake of dismissing a therapist too soon. While it’s great when you feel a connection with your therapist right away, remember their skills and ability to help you with your problems are paramount.

You may find yourself looking forward to your sessions. When that happens, you are more likely to complete the therapy process and have a very positive overall experience.

The Therapists At Connected Roots In Boulder

Connected Roots applies various forms of therapy to inspire more in-depth connections. We believe in therapeutic approaches that encourage deeper relationships with oneself, others, and nature. The three pillars of our practice are connection, grounding, and confidence. Connection through therapy is a connection to ourselves that comes as we identify with our roots. At Connected Roots, we see positive results when patients tune in to their emotions, engage in self-reflection, and work to align their behavior with their goals and values.

The grounding process comes from an awareness of and connection to ourselves and our experiences in the present moment. One of the ways we encourage grounding is to incorporate nature into our therapy, an approach that encourages mindfulness, and a proven benefit for mental health.

We help our clients cope more effectively with daily stressors by working to instill confidence to help you reach your therapy goals. You know you have found the right therapist when you see your life improving as you progress towards those goals.

At Connected Roots, we tailor these therapy principles so they are suitable for each individual. Our mission is to create a safe space for you to express yourself authentically.

The therapists at Connected Roots are passionate about our therapy philosophy and helping others. Contact us to schedule a free consultation to discover if one of us is the right fit for you!

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