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A Therapist Consultation Can Help You Find The Right Mental Health Professional

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Key Takeaways

Therapist Consultation:

  • Initial Assessment: A therapist consultation involves an initial assessment session where the therapist gathers information about the client’s concerns, goals, and background to determine the most appropriate treatment approach.
  • Establishing Rapport: The consultation serves as an opportunity for the client and therapist to establish rapport and determine if there is a good fit for ongoing therapy.
  • Discussion of Treatment Options: During the consultation, the therapist may discuss various treatment options, including therapeutic modalities, frequency of sessions, and potential goals for therapy.
  • Client Empowerment: Therapist consultations empower clients to make informed decisions about their mental health care and to feel confident in their choice of therapist and treatment plan.

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There are many reasons you may be seeking mental health support and therapist consultation.

Maybe you are ready to address a specific issue or traumatic event. Maybe you are inspired by your friends who excitedly speak about their breakthroughs in therapy. Maybe you are deep in a rabbit hole of research around the types of modalities that therapists offer, and you think you’ve identified what you need. Or, perhaps, you just don’t feel like yourself and began Googling, “How do I get a therapist consultation.”

Sometimes, those search engine results can make you want to snuggle back under your covers. Finding a good fit for a therapist can be a daunting endeavor, especially if this is the first time you have sought help. There are many choices, from who to work with to what kind of therapy will be a good fit for you. Sometimes the first step of setting up a therapist consultation often seems like the hardest. However, this is an incredibly important moment when it comes to prioritizing your mental health so that you can really live to your full potential.

To help make this process feel less overwhelming, here are a few tips on finding a good-fit therapist consultation for you.

Tip 1: Your Therapist Consultation Is the First Step In Building A Relationship

We like to frame this new experience in the context of a relationship because that is precisely what you will be building with someone—a therapeutic relationship. It’s a big deal and can be very personal while incredibly transformational.

Just like at the start of any relationship, there is a lot to consider. How did you find this person? What kind of modalities do they offer? Did a friend recommend them to you? Do they take your insurance? Do they offer a free consultation?

Your first intake session helps assess if you and your therapist are a good fit. It also lays the groundwork to build the trust you will need to feel safe and feel comfortable in therapy. This can be a time of powerful transformation, and your therapist is there to help guide you on this journey.

Tip 2: Get to Know Your Therapist and Find Out How They Work

During your first intake session, you can expect a general conversation that allows the therapist to get to know more about you. At Memor Health, our therapists will ask you questions about yourself, including what you are looking for in therapy. Know this is a two-way street. Ask them about their specialties and the healing modalities they prefer.

Don’t be afraid to ask your potential therapist how they work. Some may ask more questions, and others may listen more. Some might give you homework worksheets while others prefer general reflections. Consider how their therapy models correspond to how you work best.

We also recommend you get clear on the kinds of therapy modalities and what the therapist may specialize in. Some therapists work best with anxiety, others specialize in coping with divorce, and others prefer to help mothers with postpartum depression. Consider that both you and the therapist are seeking a good fit and a long-term therapeutic relationship.

Tip 3: Give it a Little Time

Like any other relationship, it’s hard to learn everything you need to know to assess a good fit in the first 30 minutes of getting to know someone. We recommend four to five sessions before you can determine the longevity potential of the therapeutic relationship.

Consider revealing things about yourself at a rate you feel comfortable with. Our goal is to have you feel safe as you explore if a particular therapist is right for you at Memor Health.

Tip 4: Take Action Toward Your Transformation

At Memor Health, we list our services, therapists, and insurances accepted on our website so you can search what we have to offer. We specialize in a range of therapeutic consultation services ranging from anxiety, depression, trauma, behavioral issues, OCD, grief, coping skills, marriage and family issues, stress, eating disorders, and many other mental health issues.

You can also give us a phone call at 775-827-2400 so we can best answer your questions and match you up with a therapist we think will be a good fit for you, and schedule an intake session. We want to give you as much information as possible, so you feel as comfortable as possible when you come in. We offer HIPPA-compliant telecommunication therapy services and offer services in Reno, Sparks, Washoe Valley, Truckee, Tahoe, Incline Village, Carson City, Minden, Quincy, Lovelock, Elko, Winnemucca, Dayton, Fallon, Fernley, and Susanville.

At Memor Health, we dedicate ourselves to a “right fit” therapeutic philosophy, whether that is with us or not. Because in the end, we are passionate about lessening the mental health struggles in our community and helping people work toward realizing their full potential.

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Yvette Kaunismaki

Yvette Kaunismaki, MD, specializes in psychiatry with a holistic approach, focusing on integrating therapy and medication for women’s issues, depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. She emphasizes a team-based method, aiming for balanced mental health through collaborative care with experienced therapists.

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