We can’t use the one-size-fits-all approach when finding a therapist. Our needs are usually specific, therefore, the person we go to for help needs to have a specific skill set. Just because a podiatrist is an M.D., I wouldn’t go to one to have my baby delivered!
Mental illness is a family illness. One member affects the whole family dynamic. If the person with the illness is living at home, the whole family may need support from a therapist. In this case, a marriage and family therapist may be helpful in providing tools for the family to better function. Some of the skills that may be addressed are setting boundaries and communicating with respect.
If an ill individual is struggling with past trauma, the person may seek assistance from a therapist who specializes in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. This process provides an individuals with skills to focus and manage emotions when they threaten their well-being.
Individuals who are working through anxiety, may seek a therapist who specializes in bio feedback so they can learn to calm themselves. Perhaps a person is having difficulties with intense emotions, they may look for a therapist who provides DBT (Dialectical Behavior therapy) to learn how to manage emotions and decrease conflict in relationships.
These are but few reasons to see a therapist and few methods of therapies offered in our community. Not all medical doctors are the same, and now you know the same goes for therapists.
When looking for a therapists, research the therapists in our community for the best fit for your specific needs. Check their credentials and ask about their specific skill set. Higher certification does not always mean the therapist is the best in his/her field. If you find incompatibility, then find another therapist to work with. This is one time it is all about you!