How do you find a therapist in New Jersey?

You’ve had great success in life. You have always figured out how to fulfill your aspirations. With time, effort and energy, you’ve built a life you love (most days). But now you are discovering that maintaining those relationships and responsibilities requires ongoing energy and creativity. Because you’ve always figured it out, so you’ve been managing these stresses for some time.

By the time most people consider therapy, they’ve had some ongoing frustration or worries for quiet some time. You use your coping skills. You talk to friends. You think, “everyone else has got it together, it must just be something wrong with me.” You try to get some exercise, maybe some “you time” and some self-care. But at this point, you may have realized that yoga, date nights, and everything else you’ve thought of isn’t working to create the experiences you desire; counseling seems like a good resource to try!

How do you find a mental health counselor in New Jersey?

  1. Do your homework: spend some time gathering information about professionals in your area. A trusted friend or family member may have a recommendation of counselor who was effective for them. A trusted professional, such as your physician, may also be able to direct you to a professional they respect.

  2. Organize your questions: what do you want to ask a therapist before you schedule your first appointment? Many therapists will offer a free phone consultation, which can be a great opportunity to learn more about how someone can meet your needs.

  3. Avoid the overwhelm: psychologists, social workers, counselors….it can be confusing exactly whom to see. Just know that there are many educational paths and professional licenses that can provide effective mental health services. The title may be less important than finding someone whose perspective matches your own.

  4. Check with your insurance company. You may choose a therapist who is “in network” with your insurance provider. You can also inquire about your “out of network” coverage and reimbursement rates. Considering the financial commitment of counseling is important. Also remember your investment of time, and possibly time that is lost because it is currently consumed with the obstacles counseling will address.

Jaime Malone