(Closed) anyone who’s gone to therapy…. advice?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
1715 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Ask people and get referances. There are some really bad therapists out there but some are absolutely amazing. Sorry I cant help with the insurance thing as I think its different in the states as in Canada. Go in comfy clothing and try to be relaxed and open. 

Post # 4
2651 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Don’t lie. and Don’t hold anything back I know when I went I had a hard time opening up, and i neglected to mention things that I really probably should have, but i did not want the dr. to ” judge me”.  When I finailly told her everything, It was a relief and i felt bad that i had wasted so much time to do so

Post # 5
3520 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Call your insurance for a list of covered mental health providers and google them for reviews. You can always change if you don’t like someone. in the actual visit, be openminded. Some therapists will get to the root of the problem in ways that are not obvious. be prepared to cry, and wear comfortable clothes. Try to be relaxed and comfortable in general. It really helps.

Post # 6
3969 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@MrsLongcoatPeacoat:  THIS. And ask if they have an “employee assistance program.” I was able to get 5 free visits.. so I could “shop around” without having to pay my specialist copay, if I needed to.

Post # 7
949 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I agree with much of the above. Be as real as you can about what’s going on, don’t sugarcoat it for them, they’ve heard it all. Really. Not that they’ll be jaded about it, but don’t hold back to be “nice”– or whatever you tend to do to keep yourself feeling safe when talking about difficult stuff.

At the same time, if you don’t feel ok with the therapist, go to someone else. I’ve seen therapists who weren’t a good fit for me and therapists who were a great fit for me, and a few visits with the latter was always way more help than any amount of visits with the former would have been.

Post # 9
452 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I basically just agree with what everyone else already said – I’d just call your insurance company and find out.  Also, I know that sometimes there are therapists who are on a sliding scale based off of your income so that could be a good thing to look into if your insurance doesn’t cover mental health.  Best wishes!

Post # 10
2073 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@MrsLongcoatPeacoat:  This.  Or check on your insurance company’s website.  Ask around to those you trust or feel comfortable asking and compare them to the list from your insurance.  If you have a particular person in mind, call the office and speak with the receptionist.  You can give him/her your insurance info and should be told whether or not the doctor takes your plan without too long of a delay or difficulty.

Be honest with the therapist.  Oh and if you don’t feel a “click” with a particular therapist, let him/her know.  A good therapist will understand and perhaps you could ask for other recommendations from that person.  Also, if you happen to have a bad experience with a therapist, try not to be too discouraged.  I had a terrible experience with one psychiatrist, but ended up finding a great psychologist later on.  

In my experience, it took a bit of time going before I started to notice the benefits.  It can be very emotionally draining to rehash difficult things that lead you to seek out a therapist, but it’s worth it.  And I second the PP that mentioned that therapists have heard it all so don’t worry about surgarcoating things or being ashamed.  If you feel like you are being judged, not helped, then seek out someone else.

Feel better and best of luck!

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