How do I decide which type of professional is
right for me?

To get a better idea of your own needs, it might be helpful to answer some questions and/or make a list of your symptoms and issues.


What are the main things I’m looking for help with?

Example: I need help working through issues with my family, I’m having trouble sleeping, I can’t stop getting angry all the time, there are problems in my marriage or relationship.

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Am I looking for talk therapy?

If so, what kind of therapist do I need someone who will listen to me, someone who will help me set goals, someone who will help me learn coping skills?

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Do I have any concerns or questions about taking medication?

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What has my health history been like?

Include recurring physical problems such as headaches or stomachaches, and habits such as drinking, illegal drug use, prescription drug abuse, or self-abuse (cutting). Also include any treatment you’ve had with a psychologist, therapist, social worker or psychiatrist in the past and how it helped you.

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What options do I have to pay for treatment?

You may need to call your insurance company or Medicare/Medicaid provider to find out what is covered. If you will be paying out-of-pocket, you may want to make a budget and see how much money you can afford to spend per week or per month.

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