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How To Choose A Good Therapist


Finding a good Toronto therapist is not a difficult task. You may be referred by a trusted friend or relative or you can simply use the Internet to look for one. Choose a few potential therapists, go through their profiles, check their credentials and contact them via email. Make sure to select the one who replies in a way that you can relate to. If you can meet with two or three potential therapists, all the better, but if not, you need not worry. You will know if he or she is right for you in no more than two or three sessions.

Before you begin therapy, it is important for you to understand the fact that the therapist is a human being after all, and that he or she can also make mistakes. Therefore, you must not feel obliged to continue using his or her services if you feel the therapy is not helping you at all. Just let him or her know that you feel you are not getting the desired results and look for another therapist.

If you participate in therapy sessions once a week, you should be able to see results in about three months. As a matter of fact, before you start, devise a plan in consultation with your Toronto therapist so that you can both track your progress. Most therapists will be happy to do this.

Your therapy sessions must conclude in a manner that makes you feel better than before. A good therapist does not have a magic wand, but if you do not notice any improvement at the end of each session, it is best to say goodbye, no matter how hard it can be.

When choosing a counselor that specializes in addictions counseling, make sure to do your research into the most popular counselors in your area. Use the Internet to find a list of some highly recommended counselors who are properly qualified and certified professionals. This will allow you to make up a list of counselors that you can evaluate further.

Also, get recommendations and suggestions from people you know, like your friends and family members. They can refer you to some of the best counselors in the area who are honest, dedicated and enjoy a good reputation.

Confirm that the counselor you are choosing has graduated from a reputable university. A qualified and certified counselor will have extensive knowledge about proven addictions counselling practices. Do not forget to ask for proof of his or her qualifications for your own peace of mind. Most honest and reputable counselors would not hesitate in giving you such information.

Finally, you should make appointments with your prospective counselors to find out which counselor is the best possible choice for you. During these appointments, you will get the opportunity to ask a few important questions that will help you decide if the counselor is exactly what you are looking for. Also, you will be able to understand if you will feel comfortable with the counselor under consideration. All these considerations will help you make an informed decision.