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How Would a Person Find the Perfect Online Therapist for His or
Her Needs?
Ok, so you’ve decided that you and your spouse or partner might benefit from couple’s therapy, but
your schedules are crazy and you don’t want to commute across town to the therapist’s office. What
can you do? You could find an online therapist, someone that you can talk to from the comfort of your
own home and on your own schedule. Using the Internet to find and work with a therapist can be
convenient alternative for those who are looking for help but may not have the time or the means for
traditional therapy.
But where does one even begin the search for an online therapist?
Know What You’re Looking For
When choosing an online couples therapist, it is best for both partners to consider personal preferences
and what services they would like the therapist to offer. Would you be more comfortable with a male or
female therapist? Would you prefer texting, chatting on the phone, or talking via video – or a
combination of all three? How often would you like to interact with your therapist? Once a week or
once a month? Use the answers to these questions to narrow your search and find the perfect online
therapist for your needs.
Know What You Need to Work On
Knowing what issue or issues you most need to tackle in your relationship can help you pinpoint the
type of therapist that would be of the most help to you and your partner. Try researching the issues you
are struggling with by doing a simple Internet search. If it is better communication skills you need, you
might want a therapist who specializes in helping couples to develop those skills. Maybe you’re dealing
with a major life event such as a death in the family, loss of a job, or a big move. Limit your search to
therapists who specialize in helping people cope with these life changes.
Search Online Directories and Databases
One of the simplest ways to find an online therapist is by searching in online directories and databases.
For instance, Psychology Today and Good Therapy both maintain a robust database of therapists that is
easily searchable by type of issues, insurance provider, and location. If you’re using insurance, contact
your insurance company and ask if they have a directory available. Most directory sites include
comprehensive listings of qualified therapists and provide details about their qualifications, training, and
their areas of expertise. They can help you to narrow down your search, enabling you to find a therapist
that perfectly fits your needs.
Finding the perfect online therapist can sometimes feel a bit like online dating, but it doesn’t need to be
stressful or difficult. You want to find someone you feel comfortable with and someone you can trust.
Before formally beginning sessions with a therapist, you might consider talking with your chosen
counsellor via telephone or video chat. It's a practical way to determine if he or she is a good fit. It’s kind
of like meeting someone for coffee before deciding to go to dinner.