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How to get the ball rolling on therapy
June 12, 2006
10:18 pm
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I don't know where to start. I did some research but still I don't know what to do. Anyone have any advice on steps on trying to find therapists?

June 12, 2006
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dre29

there are some tips here on the homepage.

Also, who does your insurance cover? If no insurance then that is open. Word of mouth or referrals are good.

Call and intereview and ask questions.

On the top of my head I'd google in how to find a good therapist. Look for one in your concern of care; trauma, codepedency, what ever and find one that specializes in this field.

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June 12, 2006
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sewunique,

I have insurance but I don't want my work to find out that I'm going to therapy. I'm planning on paying for therapy myself. I don't have anyone to ask and I wouldn't ask anyway. In my town, there's no refferal service. All I have is the phone book and to me that's like rolling the dice. In you post, you've metioned that I should call and interview and ask questions. Would I gather about 6 or 7 names, interview them, choose a therapist I feel good about? Also, do I interview them on the phone or go to there office and do you think that would count as a paid session?

June 12, 2006
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Hi dre,

Maybe you could try Catholic Social Services. I have used them in the past and at that time they charged you on a sliding scale of what you could afford. This was 20 years ago, so I'm not sure that is the policy anymore. Since you are not going to use your insurance (which I totally understand)it can be very expensive and maybe this would be a good idea for you. I saw two different counselors at two different times and I thought they were very good. If you try them I hope you have the same luck. If you do try one out and you don't click with the therapist, you can alway try somewhere else or another therapist. Hope this helps!

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June 12, 2006
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Thenew HIPAA law is very strengent about privacy disclosure, even in mental health. It would be against the law for your place of employment to reveal this information about you. But things do get out and you know best and if you are willing to pay out of pcket, then you are most serious about gettting treatment and that you should be commended on.

I hope the links are uselful to get you started.

Ask if they will charge for an interview, they shouldn't but I was charged for time spent filling out a form. I know better, but the hundred bucks was worth realizing she was not for me and would have cost me dearly in the long run.

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Sew

June 13, 2006
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Hi dre,

Some therapists will give you a free initial consultation, usually half an hour, so that you can get a feel for if you could work with them, and to outline your issues and see if they think they can help you.

Sometimes you can get a feel right over the phone, but if they will give you a free half hour, it's good to go and see how you feel in their office.

A good therapist is worth his or her weight in diamonds. Best wishes in your search.

kroika

June 13, 2006
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sewunique, kroika

Thanks for the info. I guess I'm looking for a step by step procedure in going to a therapist. I don't know what happens next. Seems to me, it's not clear enough from what I've read.

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